US Pat. No. 10,137,878

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING A PARKING BRAKE SYSTEM

AKEBONO BRAKE INDUSTRY CO...

1. A method of controlling a brake system, the method comprising:measuring voltage of a motor;
measuring current of the motor;
estimating a rotational angle of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a speed of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a current draw of the motor using the measured voltage and the measured current;
estimating a brake force with the estimated rotational angle of the motor;
correcting the estimated rotational angle of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated speed of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated current draw of the motor with the measured current;
correcting the estimated brake force with the corrected estimated rotational angle of the motor, the corrected speed of the motor, and the corrected current draw of the motor; and
determining creation of a brake apply with the corrected brake force.

US Pat. No. 10,137,872

ACCELERATION/DECELERATION CONTROL APPARATUS

HITACHI AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEM...

1. An acceleration/deceleration control apparatus for a vehicle system, the control apparatus comprisinga normal mode of performing acceleration control in response to an operation on an accelerator pedal and performing deceleration control in response to an operation on a brake pedal,
a one-pedal mode of performing both the acceleration control and the deceleration control in response to an operation on any one of the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal and performing only any one of the acceleration control and the deceleration control in response to an operation on the other of pedals, and
a mode switching unit configured to switch the one-pedal mode and the normal mode according to a switching operation per forced by an occupant,
wherein the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus, switches a characteristic of a non-one-pedal acceleration instruction value or a non-one-pedal deceleration instruction value calculated according to an amount of the operation on the other of pedals during the one-pedal mode according to the mode switching using the mode switching unit,
wherein the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus is configured to set a result of adding the non-one-pedal acceleration instruction value or the non-one-pedal deceleration instruction value to a one-pedal acceleration/deceleration instruction value calculated according to the operation on the one of pedals for performing tooth the acceleration control and the deceleration control as a target acceleration/deceleration instruction of a vehicle in the one-pedal mode, and
wherein, in a case where the mode is switched with use of the mode switching unit while the other of pedals is being operated daring the one-pedal mode, the acceleration/deceleration control apparatus switches an instruction value characteristic of the other of pedals that is being operated after maintaining an acceleration or a deceleration before this mode switching.

US Pat. No. 10,137,847

EXTERIOR WIRING HARNESS

AutoNetworks Technologies...

1. An exterior wiring harness to be routed through a clearance having a specified clearance width and a specified clearance length, comprising:a plurality of wires; and
an exterior body formed by surrounding outer peripheries of the plurality of wires by a fibrous synthetic resin,
wherein:
the exterior body includes opposite first and second longitudinal ends spaced from one another in an extending direction of the plurality of wires and having an outer surface between the ends, the outer surface being configured to define a flat portion spaced from the first and second longitudinal ends of the exterior body and having a flat cross-sectional shape the flat portion having a minor width smaller than the clearance width, a major width larger than the clearance width and a length greater than the clearance length, the exterior body further including a first end portion extending from the flat portion to the first longitudinal end of the exterior body and a second end portion extending from the flat portion to the second longitudinal end of the exterior body, the first and second end portions having cross-sectional dimensions greater than the minor width of the flat portion, and wherein the fibrous synthetic resin extends out from the wires to the exterior surface of the exterior body.

US Pat. No. 10,137,828

VEHICULAR NOTIFICATION DEVICE

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., ...

1. A vehicular notification device comprising:a luminescent device provided on a roof of a vehicle; and
a controller configured to control the luminescent device to emit light when a person existing around the vehicle is detected,
wherein when a traffic signal on a path for the vehicle is a red signal or when the vehicle travels on an expressway or a motorway, the controller prohibits light emission of the luminescent device.

US Pat. No. 10,137,808

RECESSED SEAM STRUCTURE FOR COVER

HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD., T...

1. A seat having a recessed seam, comprising:a cushion material;
a cover element covering the cushion material, the cover element including an outer surface and an inner surface, the cover element being attached to the cushion material;
a recessed seam defined in the cover element such that a predetermined portion of the cover element is recessed inwardly into the cushion material;
a mating fastener provided between the cover element and the cushion material at a location corresponding to the recessed seam, the mating fastener being configured to permit repeated coupling of the cover element and the cushion material, the mating fastener comprising:
a first fastener including a first engagement element, the first fastener being fixed to the inner surface of the cover element along the recessed seam;
a second fastener including a second engagement element, the second fastener having a base portion fixedly provided in the cushion material;
the first and second engagement elements being positioned in the cushion material to permit mutual engagement for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a joined condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby couple the cover element and the cushion material, and permit disengagement thereof from each other for placing the first fastener and second fastener in a separated condition between the cover element and the cushion material to thereby allow the cover element to be released from the cushion material; and
a slider configured to cause the mutual engagement and disengagement of the first engagement element and second engagement element, the slide being slidingly movable along the first and second engagement elements,
wherein the base portion of the second fastener is formed of an elongated planar material to provide an elongated planar base portion in the second fastener,
wherein the second fastener further includes an elongated rectangular base material having a first end provided with the second engagement element and a second end opposite to the first end,
wherein the elongated planar base portion of the second fastener is integrally fixed to the second end of the elongated rectangular base material to extend in a transverse direction of the elongated rectangular base material, and
wherein the elongated planar base portion is fixed to the cushion material in a direction along the recessed seam.

US Pat. No. 10,137,802

DETECTING OCCUPANT PRESENCE ON A VEHICLE SEAT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A system comprising:a bladder disposed in a vehicle seat;
a pump;
a pressure sensor;
a conduit that connects the pump to the bladder;
a T-section that connects the conduit to the pressure sensor;
a switch to actuate the pump to at least one of inflate and deflate the bladder with fluid; and
a controller having a processor and a memory, the memory having stored instructions executable by the processor to detect that the pump has been actuated, and then, if actuation of the pump was detected, determine that an occupant is present in a vehicle seat according to two or more data received from the pressure sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,137,799

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING MULTIPLE ELECTRIC DRIVES

Ford Global Technologies,...

1. An electric-drive vehicle comprising:first and second propulsive drive units coupled to front and rear axles of the vehicle respectively, each drive unit exhibiting power loss change with respect to torque changes over a plurality of operating conditions; and
a controller programmed to increase a proportion of propulsive torque provided by the first drive unit in response to a change in the operating conditions resulting in a rate of power loss change of the second drive unit increasing relative to that of the first drive unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,791

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR CONTROLLING VEHICLE CONVERTER

Hyundai Motor Company, S...

1. A method for controlling a vehicle converter, comprising the steps of:acquiring, by a controller, a required maximum voltage and a required minimum voltage of a first motor and a second motor using a required torque and a rotation speed of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, voltage commands of the first motor and the second motor using the rotation speed and a magnetic flux of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, a corrected voltage command using the voltage commands of the first motor and the second motor;
acquiring, by the controller, an output voltage command of the converter using the required maximum voltage and the required minimum voltage of the first motor and the second motor, the corrected voltage command, and a voltage of a battery; and
controlling, by the controller, an output voltage of the converter using the output voltage command of the converter,
wherein the step of acquiring the required maximum voltage and the required minimum voltage further comprises the steps of:
deriving the required maximum voltage of the first motor and the second motor from map data, an input of which is a product of the required torque and the rotation speed, and an output of which is the required maximum voltage; and
deriving the required minimum voltage of the first motor and the second motor from map data, an input of which is a product of the required torque and the rotation speed, and an output of which is the required minimum voltage, and
wherein the step of acquiring the corrected voltage command further comprises the steps of:
determining, by the controller, a greater voltage command by comparing the voltage command of the first motor with the voltage command of the second motor;
calculating, by the controller, a difference between the voltage command of the first motor and the voltage command of the second motor;
deriving, by the controller, a correction value from map data, an input of which is the difference between the voltage command of the first motor and the voltage command of the second motor, and an output of which is the correction value; and
acquiring, by the controller, the corrected voltage command by subtracting the correction value from the greater voltage command.

US Pat. No. 10,137,778

CONTENT STARTUP CONTROL DEVICE, CONTENT STARTUP METHOD, AND CONTENT STARTUP SYSTEM

Clarion Co., Ltd., Saita...

1. A content startup control device comprising:a user interface that receives an instruction from a user to select a content among a plurality of contents of a different type;
an interface circuit that acquires current information from a vehicle and/or current information on traveling as a temporary vehicle information;
a memory that stores a recorded vehicle information, which is extracted from the temporary vehicle information acquired by the interface circuit when the content is selected or started up in response to the instruction received by the user interface, as a startup record of the content; and
a central processing unit that creates a startup condition under which the content is to be started up based on the startup record;
wherein, if the recorded vehicle information corresponds to the startup condition, the central processing unit proposes startup of a content related to the startup condition or starts up the content related to the startup condition; and
wherein the memory extracts a part of the temporary vehicle information as the recorded vehicle information depending on the type of the content.

US Pat. No. 10,137,769

CENTER MOUNTED AIR CHUTE FOR A REAR MOUNTED ENGINE

Stephen Kariniemi, Scott...

1. A vehicle comprising:a cargo compartment;
a cargo compartment support section having a lateral plane;
an engine air intake, located forward of the lateral plane of the cargo compartment support section and substantially perpendicular to the ground;
an air chute comprising a closed bottom portion and the air chute is located rearward of the engine air intake;
wherein the engine radiator is mounted rearward of the lateral plane of the cargo compartment support section and rearward of the air chute;
wherein the air chute has a center portion located between the engine air intake and the engine radiator and the center portion has a substantially flat top portion and the substantially flat top portion has a height at its mid portion that is less than the engine air intake height and the engine radiator height and the substantially flat top portion extends up into the passenger compartment; and
wherein said center portion of the air chute is positioned along a longitudinal center line of the cargo compartment support section and is positioned to be used as a center console in the cargo compartment.

US Pat. No. 10,137,761

INTEGRATED ROOF BOW AND HVAC DUCT WITH A HEADLINER PROVIDING A CLOSE-OUT WALL OF THE DUCT

FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES,...

1. A roof bow/air duct apparatus for a roof of a vehicle having right and left roof rails comprising:a plurality of transversely extending duct/bow portions assembled between the roof rails and defining an air inlet;
a longitudinally extending duct portion;
the duct/bow portions and the duct portion defining an air flow distributor; and
a headliner closing off a lower side of the distributor and including an air distribution vent.

US Pat. No. 10,137,749

AIR SPRING WITH DAMPING CHARACTERISTICS FOR HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLES

Hendrickson USA, L.L.C., ...

1. A method for converting a non-damping air spring into an air spring with damping characteristics for a suspension assembly of a heavy-duty vehicle, comprising the following steps:a) providing a non-damping air spring including a bellows and a piston, said bellows configured to be attached to said piston to form a bellows chamber and further configured to be attached to a main member of said heavy-duty vehicle, the piston having an open bottom and being free of a piston chamber, said piston being configured to be attached to said suspension assembly of said heavy-duty vehicle,
b) said non-damping air spring being converted to a damping air spring by:
i) forming at least one opening between said bellows chamber and said piston;
ii) sealingly closing said open bottom of said piston by attaching a disc to the open bottom, whereby the piston and said disc define a piston chamber, wherein airflow between the bellows chamber and the piston chamber provides damping to the suspension assembly of said heavy-duty vehicle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,747

WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION CARRIER

1. A weight distribution carrier, comprising:a cart having a base and a first pair of wheels;
a jack having a jack leg and a jack body mounted to the base, wherein the jack leg is received within the jack body;
a mount plate positioned at and connected adjacent to a lower distal end of the jack body;
a coupler having an opening sized and shaped to receive the jack body, wherein the coupler is configured to receive a weight distribution hitch;
the jack body received through the opening in the coupler and mounted to the coupler by connection and engagement with the mount plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,738

TIRE COMPRISING CARCASS REINFORCEMENT CORDS WITH LOW PERMEABILITY

COMPAGNIE GENERALE DES ET...

1. A tire for a heavy goods vehicle, having a radial carcass reinforcement comprising:two beads;
two sidewalls;
a crown reinforcement formed of at least two working crown layers of reinforcing elements that are crossed from one layer to another, forming angles of between 10° and 45° with the circumferential direction;
a tread that radially caps the crown reinforcement; the tread being joined to the two beads by way of the two sidewalls;
an additional layer of reinforcing elements that are mutually parallel in the layer and are oriented circumferentially arranged in each shoulder, a respective first end of each additional layer arranged axially outside the at least two working crown layers; and
at least one additional layer, referred to as a protective layer, of reinforcing elements, referred to as elastic reinforcing elements, is axially interposed between the additional layers of reinforcing elements, a second end of each respective additional layer being axially in line with the protective layer;
wherein the reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement have a diameter less than 1 mm,
wherein said reinforcing elements of the carcass reinforcement are made up of threads with a diameter strictly greater than 0.16 mm,
wherein the metal reinforcing elements of at least one layer of the carcass reinforcement are advantageously non-wrapped cords that return a flow rate of less than 20 cm3/min in what is referred to as a permeability test, and
wherein the at least one additional layer, referred to as the protective layer, of the reinforcing elements, referred to as the elastic reinforcing elements, that are oriented with respect to the circumferential direction at an angle of between 10° and 45° and in the same direction as the angle formed by the inextensible elements of the working layer which is radially adjacent thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,735

WHEEL AND TIRE ASSEMBLY

Lindsay Corporation, Oma...

1. A wheel assembly comprising:a rigid wheel including—
a central portion having a plurality of apertures for attaching fasteners thereto, and
a plurality of circumferentially spaced mounting elements configured to be removably attached to the central portion via fasteners so that each of the mounting elements is prevented from rotating relative to the central portion; and
an airless flexible tire that does not include air during normal use mounted on the rigid wheel, portions of the tire extending at least six (6) inches annularly between the mounting elements and not engaging the mounting elements being completely separated radially from the rigid wheel by a through-space transversely extending entirely from a first axial side of the tire to an opposite axial side of the tire, the portions of the tire not engaging the mounting elements being configured to flex radially inwardly toward the rigid wheel when subject to ground engaging pressure.

US Pat. No. 10,137,729

REINFORCED BICYCLE RIM

SPECIALIZED BICYCLE COMPO...

1. A bicycle rim assembly adapted to be coupled to a hub to create a bicycle wheel, the rim assembly including:a rim defining a central plane and comprising:
an annular inner wall;
an annular outer wall cooperating with the inner wall to define a cavity; and
annular projections spaced laterally relative to the central plane and extending substantially radially outwardly from the outer annular wall; and
a cover coupled to rim and including:
sidewalls disposed on lateral sides of the rim adjacent the projections, each sidewall including a lateral inner portion having a lateral thickness; and
an annular ring portion interconnecting the sidewalls, the annular ring portion including a radial thickness less than the lateral thickness of the lateral inner portion of the sidewalls.

US Pat. No. 10,137,727

WHEEL FASTENING SYSTEM FOR MOBILE ROBOT WITH WHEELS

Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shen...

1. A wheel fastening system for a wheeled mobile robot comprising:a chassis;
a motor disposed in the chassis, and the motor having a shaft;
a wheel centered on the shaft of the motor; and
a thrust bearing interference fit between the wheel and the chassis, and the thrust bearing withstanding axial loads applied to the wheel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,725

TELESCOPING WRITING IMPLEMENT

Paul Cary Fisher, Jr., B...

1. A telescoping writing implement that telescopes from a shortened configuration to a lengthened configuration comprising:a writing cartridge having a writing tip;
a least one outer pen body;
a guide tube disposed circumferentially around the writing cartridge, the guide tube configured with the writing tip within the guide tube when the writing implement is in the shortened configuration and the writing tip exposed from the guide tube when the writing implement is in the lengthened configuration; and
a retaining member engaging the writing cartridge and the retaining member also engaging or formed from the outer pen body, the engagement of the retaining member to the writing cartridge causing the writing tip to be exposed from the guide tube when the writing implement is in the lengthened configuration.

US Pat. No. 10,137,716

TAPE CARTRIDGE

Seiko Epson Corporation, ...

1. A tape cartridge detachably installed in a tape printing apparatus having a cartridge installation portion on which the tape cartridge is installed, a tape feeding mechanism portion that feeds a printing tape from the installed tape cartridge, a ribbon feeding mechanism portion that feeds an ink ribbon in synchronization with the feeding of the printing tape, a printing head portion that performs printing on the printing tape and is configured to be movable between a printing position and a retracting position, a head cover that is provided on the cartridge installation portion in a projecting manner, covers the printing head while allowing the printing head to move, and has a plurality of corners, and a convex portion that is provided on one of the corners of the head cover and guides installation of the tape cartridge, the tape cartridge comprising:a platen roller that receives power from the tape feeding mechanism portion and faces the printing head portion in a state where the printing tape and the ink ribbon are disposed between the platen roller and the printing head at the printing position;
a winding up core that winds up the ink ribbon; and
a cartridge casing that accommodates the printing tape, the ink ribbon, the platen roller, and the winding up core,
wherein the cartridge casing includes an insertion opening in which the head cover is inserted when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion; and
wherein the insertion opening includes:
an inner wall portion including a first inner wall that is disposed at a printing tape accommodation side of the insertion opening and a second inner wall that is disposed at a winding up core side of the insertion opening; and
a facing portion that is a corner portion formed by the first inner wall and the second inner wall and faces the convex portion when the tape cartridge is installed on the cartridge installation portion.

US Pat. No. 10,137,687

PRINTING APPARATUS AND METHODS OF PRODUCING SUCH A DEVICE

HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPME...

1. A printhead die, comprising:a first resistor to cause fluid to be ejected from a first fluid chamber out of a first nozzle;
a second resistor to cause fluid to be ejected from a second fluid chamber out of a second nozzle;
a first cavitation plate covering the first resistor;
a second cavitation plate covering the second resistor, the first cavitation plate spaced from the second cavitation plate;
a first adhesive layer overlying the first cavitation plate;
a second adhesive layer overlying the second cavitation plate, the first adhesive layer spaced apart from the second adhesive layer; and
a protective layer between the first and second fluid chambers and the first and second adhesive layers.

US Pat. No. 10,137,678

ELECTRICAL POWER SOURCE FOR A 3D PRINTED OBJECT

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A method comprising:integrating a first 3D object model with a second 3D object model to generate an integrated 3D printable model, the first 3D object model modeling a first object that is passive, the second 3D object model modeling an electrical power source receptacle that operably connects to an electrical power source that provides electrical power for operation of the first object, the second 3D object model comprising an electrical pathway from the electrical power source receptacle to an actuator of the 3D object;
printing a 3D object, with the actuator as a component, based upon the integrated 3D printable model such that the actuator interacts with the electrical power source to provide the electrical power to the first object; and
connecting the actuator to the electrical power source using the electrical pathway.

US Pat. No. 10,137,668

LAMINATED GLAZINGS WITH IMPROVED MOISTURE PROTECTION

RESEARCH FRONTIERS INCORP...

1. A laminated glazing including a moisture-sensitive functional insert included within said glazing, said laminated glazing comprising:a stack comprised of a plurality of glass or plastic plies, said plies joined together by interlayers located between said plies, wherein a central area of said stack comprises at least one optically clear interlayer,
said stack further including therein a moisture-sensitive functional insert, wherein the moisture-sensitive functional insert is a light valve selected from the group consisting of a suspended particle device, a film of polymer-dispersed liquid crystal, an electrochromic light-controlling material, a thermochromic light controlling material and an electrophoretic light-controlling material,
and wherein an inner perimeter of the laminated glazing is formed with a frame comprised of a hydrophobic moisture-resistant material, said frame having a thickness substantially corresponding to a combined thickness of the interlayers within said glazing plus the insert.

US Pat. No. 10,137,667

GLASS LAMINATE CONSTRUCTION FOR OPTIMIZED BREAKAGE PERFORMANCE

CORNING INCORPORATED, Co...

1. A glass laminate for a vehicle glazing, the glass laminate comprising:an outer glass sheet having an outer first surface and an inner second surface;
an inner glass sheet having an outer third surface and an inner fourth surface; and
a polymer interlayer between the second surface of the outer glass sheet and the third surface of the inner glass sheet,
wherein the inner glass sheet is chemically strengthened with a depth of layer (DOL),
wherein at least one of the inner glass sheet and the outer glass sheet has a thickness not exceeding about 2 mm or less, and
wherein the outer third surface of the inner glass sheet has flaws formed therein to weaken the glass laminate in the event of an internal impact on the inner fourth surface, the flaws formed in the third surface having a depth of about 80% to 90% a depth of the depth of layer (DOL).

US Pat. No. 10,137,662

FLEXIBLE LIGHTWEIGHT ARC FLASH AND FLASH FIRE RESISTANT POLYVINYLCHLORIDE FABRIC AND GARMENTS AND METHODS THEREFOR

Tingley Rubber Corporatio...

1. An apparatus comprising:a garment having a plurality of sections made with a fabric;
the fabric of the garment comprising:
a flexible polyvinylchloride sheet comprising plasticizers;
a non-woven liner of meta-aramid fiber;
an adhesive covering a part of the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet that forms a bond only between a part of the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet and a part of the non-woven liner of meta-aramid fiber, the adhesive being discontinuous lines and forming discrete locations that are spaced in the range of 0.25 to 1.5 mm,
wherein the flexible polyvinylchloride sheet forms an outside of the garment that is exposed during wear.

US Pat. No. 10,137,640

METHOD FOR ADHERING PARTS AND DEVICE FOR IMPLEMENTING SAID METHOD

SAFRAN AIRCRAFT ENGINES, ...

1. A method of bonding together at least two parts, the method comprising:assembling together at least two parts and at least one adhesive layer, the adhesive being configured so that its adhesive power increases on heating as a result of it polymerizing, at least one of the parts being made of composite material or of metal, the adhesive layer being present, after assembly, between the parts, the assembled together parts and the adhesive being present in a chamber defined by a wall, the wall having an inside face situated facing a first part present between the adhesive layer and the wall, the first part being intended to be bonded to a second part and only a fraction of the second part being present inside the chamber;
applying a hydrostatic pressure on the parts by contacting a stationary liquid with a side of the wall opposite from the chamber, the wall being configured so that, at least after application of the hydrostatic pressure, its inside face has the same shape as the first part; and
bonding the parts with the hydrostatic pressure applied thereto.

US Pat. No. 10,137,634

HYBRID ELECTROSTATIC 3-D PRINTER USING LASER FUSING

Xerox Corporation, Norwa...

1. A three-dimensional (3-D) printer comprising:an intermediate transfer surface;
development stations positioned to electrostatically transfer layers of different materials combined together to said intermediate transfer surface, said different materials comprise at least two different build materials and a support material;
a transfer station adjacent said intermediate transfer surface, said transfer station is positioned to receive said layers as said intermediate transfer surface moves past said transfer station;
a platen moving relative to said intermediate transfer surface, said intermediate transfer surface transfers a layer of said different materials combined together to said platen each time said platen contacts one of said layers on said intermediate transfer surface at said transfer station to successively form a freestanding stack of said layers on said platen;
a fusing station positioned to apply light to said layer after said layer is transferred from said transfer station to said platen, said fusing station selectively applies different amounts of said light to said different build materials to sinter said different build materials differently within said layer, said fusing station controls said light to prevent said light from heating said support material within said layer, to leave said support material as a loose, unbound material; and
a material removal station positioned to remove said support material as said loose, unbound material, and leave said different build materials fused as a 3-D printed part.

US Pat. No. 10,137,633

METHOD AND DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE EXPOSURE OF A SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING OR LASER MELTING DEVICE

CL SCHUTZRECHTSVERWALTUNG...

1. A method for controlling the exposure of a selective laser sintering or laser melting apparatus for manufacturing three-dimensional objects, comprising the following steps:providing a selective laser sintering apparatus or laser melting apparatus (1) in which three-dimensional objects can be manufactured by successive solidification of layers of a powder-type construction material (6) that can be solidified using radiation, on the positions corresponding to the respective cross-section of the object, wherein the provided apparatus (1) comprises an irradiation device for irradiating layers of the powder construction material, that has a plurality of scanners (8a, 8b) that can separately be actuated, simultaneously irradiating the powder construction material,
characterized by the following steps
separately detecting irradiation times of each individual scanner (8a, 8b) and/or the irradiation areas detected by each individual scanner (8a, 8b) in a first step, and storing the detected irradiation times and/or irradiation areas;
comparing the irradiation times and/or irradiation areas of the individual scanners (8a, 8b) with each other;
re-determining the surface sections of a construction material layer (11) to be irradiated by each individual scanner such that the irradiation times for each individual scanner (8a, 8b) are approximated to each other and/or the irradiation areas of each individual scanner (8a, 8b) are aligned with each other in terms of surface area to the largest extent possible.

US Pat. No. 10,137,548

FOOT ATTACHMENT FOR PNEUMATIC ROTARY TOOLS

Robert Bosch Tool Corpora...

1. A vacuum-powered rotary tool comprising:a housing having a nose portion and a main body portion, the housing defining at least one air flow channel for guiding a flow of air within the housing, the at least one air flow channel including an air flow inlet located in the nose portion of the housing and at least one air flow outlet located in the main body portion of the housing, the main body portion of the housing being configured to be connected to a vacuum source for generating the flow of air in the at least one air flow channel;
a pneumatic drive system enclosed within the housing in the air flow channel and including an output shaft, the output shaft having an axis of rotation and including a tool holder that extends from the nose portion of the housing and is configured to retain a working tool, the pneumatic drive system being configured to use the flow of air in the air flow channel to drive the output shaft to rotate about the axis of rotation, the tool holder being configured to rotate with the output shaft and defining a working space in front of the nose portion of the housing where the working tool performs work while being rotated; and
a foot attachment removably attached to the nose portion of the housing, the foot attachment having a shroud portion, the shroud portion comprising a wall that extends generally forwardly from the nose portion of the housing in a direction parallel to the axis of rotation and surrounds the working space, the wall having a leading edge, the leading edge forming a perimeter around the working space and lying substantially in a single plane that is perpendicular to the axis of rotation,
wherein air is drawn into the at least one air flow channel via the air flow inlet in response to the vacuum source generating the flow of air in the at least one air flow channel,
wherein the air inlet is in fluid communication with the working space such that the air flow inlet draws air into the at least one air flow channel from the working space,
wherein the shroud portion includes at least one tangential air flow inlet for guiding an air flow into the working space from outside of the shroud portion as air is being drawn into the at least one air flow channel via the air flow inlet, and
wherein the at least one tangential air flow inlet is configured to generate a vortex within the working space when the flow of air is being generated by the vacuum source.

US Pat. No. 10,137,529

NUMERICAL CONTROLLER CAPABLE OF MACHINING CONDITION CONTROL BASED ON POSTURE

FANUC CORPORATION, Yaman...

1. A numerical controller for controlling a laser beam machine in accordance with a program and performing three-dimensional laser beam machining on a workplace, the numerical controller comprising:a machining condition change unit configured to:
obtain a speed ratio between a machining speed at an upper surface of the workpiece determined based on a upper travel amount of the laser beam on the upper surface of the workpiece and a machining speed at a lower surface of the workpiece determined based on a lower travel amount of the laser beam on the lower surface of the workpiece,
wherein the upper travel amount and lower travel amount are determined on a basis of a posture of a nozzle of the laser beam machine with respect to the workplace, the posture being specified by the program, and
change a machining condition specified by the program on basis of the obtained speed ratio,
wherein the three-dimensional laser beam machining by the laser beam machine is controlled on a basis of the machine condition changed by the machining condition change unit.

US Pat. No. 10,137,524

SPOT WELDING ELECTRODE HOUSING APPARATUS

KYOKUTOH CO., LTD., Nago...

1. A spot welding electrode housing apparatus capable of housing a plurality of electrodes for spot welding, the spot welding electrode housing apparatus comprising:a housing case including a linear housing path therein and having an electrode outlet port, the housing path being capable of housing the electrodes in a state where the electrodes are arranged linearly in a direction orthogonal to center axes of the electrodes and fitting recesses of the electrodes to be fitted on a distal end of a shank of a welding gun are arranged in parallel and are open in an identical direction, the electrode outlet port communicating with the housing path and being disposed at an end of the housing case;
a pressing part that presses one or a plurality of parallel electrodes housed in the housing path toward an end of the housing path;
a lever member supported by the housing case to be swingable about a swing shaft extending in a direction identical to the center axes of the electrodes housed in the housing path, a position of the lever member being changeable between a first position in which the lever member swings to one side to have a distal end cover a part of the electrode outlet port and a second position in which the lever member swings to another side to have the distal end expose the electrode outlet port; and
a biasing part disposed between a proximal end of the lever member and a side surface of the housing case and configured to bias the proximal end of the lever member to a direction away from the housing case so that the lever member swings to the one side.

US Pat. No. 10,137,516

ELECTROCHEMICAL MACHINING OF A WORKPIECE

MTU AERO ENGINES AG, Mun...

1. A machine comprising a base and at least one work station which comprises a module for electrochemically machining a workpiece, wherein the module comprises:a frame; and
an electrode arrangement comprising
at least one electrode which is mechanically connected to the frame, and a drive for moving the at least one electrode, which drive is attached to the frame;
a workpiece holder for separably attaching the workpiece; and
a positioning device for displacing the workpiece holder and the module relative to each other,
and wherein
the drive comprises a drive axle at a distance from which a swivel axle is arranged, a drive arm being hinge-coupled to the swivel axle; and
an eccentric shaft is arranged on the drive axle or is integral with an output shaft of the drive, a second axle of the eccentric shaft representing the swivel axel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,395

GREASE FILTER, MANUFACTURING METHOD THEREOF AND COOKING DEVICE HAVING THE SAME

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., ...

1. A grease filter comprising:a first baffle plate including a plurality of inlet portions through which an air flows in and a plurality of first guide members by which the air flowing through the plurality of inlet portions is guided towards a second baffle plate, and
the second baffle plate arranged to face the first baffle plate, the second baffle plate including a plurality of outlet portions through which the air flows out and a plurality of second guide members by which the air flowing out through the plurality of outlet portions is guided,
wherein the second baffle plate is separable from the first baffle plate in entirety by slidably moving only in a horizontal direction with respect to the first baffle plate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,385

DEVICE FOR EXTRACTION OF POLLUTANTS BY MULTICHANNEL TUBULAR MEMBRANE

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA REC...

1. A device for extraction of pollutants in a fluid, the device comprising at least one multichannel tubular membrane containing two or more fluid channels allowing the fluid to go through a feed inlet to an outlet end wherein the membrane comprises at least one extraction channel and molten salt, the at least one extraction channel and the two or more fluid channels are parallel, the at least one extraction channel being filled with the molten salt configured to adsorb said pollutants having to be extracted from the said fluid by diffusing from the two or more fluid channels to the molten salt placed in the parallel extraction channel.

US Pat. No. 10,137,350

GOLF AID INCLUDING HEADS UP DISPLAY FOR GREEN READING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An electronic imaging system for assisting a user with reading terrain within an environment, the electronic imaging system comprising:a memory component storing topographical slope data for a plurality of terrains within the environment;
a heads up display configured to be worn by the user, the heads up display having a display screen with a transparent display area configured to display images within a field of view of the user; and
a processor operable to communicate with the memory component and the heads up display, the processor being configured to:
identify one of the terrains proximate to a location of the user;
receive, from the memory component, the topographical slope data for the identified one of the terrains; and
direct the heads up display to display a visual indication of the received topographical slope data superimposed on the identified one of the terrains as the identified terrain is visible through the transparent display area of the display screen within the field of view of the user.

US Pat. No. 10,137,347

GOLF CLUBS AND GOLF CLUB HEADS HAVING A SENSOR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. A golf club comprising:a shaft and a golf club head, the shaft having a first end connected to the golf club head and a second end connected to a grip;
a sensor connected to the golf club, the sensor comprising:
an inertial measurement unit, the inertial measurement unit comprising an accelerometer capable of measuring linear accelerations along a first axis, along a second axis, and along a third axis and a gyroscope capable of measuring an angular rate of rotation about the first axis, about the second axis, and about the third axis, wherein the first axis, the second axis, and the third axis comprise an orthogonally oriented sensor coordinate system;
a processor; and
a non-transitory computer readable medium storing computer readable instructions that, when executed by the processor, causes the processor to at least:
acquire linear acceleration data from the accelerometer of the inertial measurement unit, wherein the linear acceleration data is taken at a constant sampling rate;
acquire angular rate of rotation data from the gyroscope of the inertial measurement unit, wherein the angular rate of rotation data is taken at a constant sampling rate;
transform the linear acceleration data into transformed linear acceleration data with respect to a golf club coordinate system that comprises a fourth axis is oriented in a heel-to-toe direction, a fifth axis is oriented in a front-to-back direction, and a sixth axis is oriented in a bottom-to-top direction;
transform the angular rate of rotation data into transformed angular rate of rotation data with respect to the golf club coordinate system;
calculate an orientation of the golf club from the transformed linear acceleration data;
compare the calculated orientation of the golf club to a first set of predetermined criteria, wherein the first set of predetermined criteria corresponds to the golf club being oriented in a rational golf club address position and wherein the first set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the calculated orientation of the golf club matches the rational golf club address position;
upon determining that the first set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed angular rate of rotation data to a second set of predetermined criteria, wherein the second set of predetermined criteria comprises a range of transformed angular rate of rotation values and wherein the second set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the transformed angular rate of rotation data falls within the range of transformed angular rate of rotation values;
upon determining that the second set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, output an indication that the golf club is in the rational golf club address position and an indication that the transformed angular rate of rotation data represent a golf swing, and calculate a slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data about the fourth axis, the fifth axis, and the sixth axis;
compare the slope of the angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis and the sixth axis to a third set of predetermined criteria, wherein the third set of predetermined criteria comprises a fourth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and a sixth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and wherein the third set of predetermined criteria is satisfied when the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis is greater than the fourth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation and the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the sixth axis is greater than the sixth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation;
upon determining that the third set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the slope of the angular rate of rotation data around the fifth axis to a fourth set of predetermined criteria;
wherein the fourth set of predetermined criteria comprises a fifth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation, and wherein the fourth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the slope of the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fifth axis is less than the fifth axis specified slope of angular rate of rotation;
upon determining that the fourth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed linear acceleration data along the fifth axis to a fifth set of predetermined criteria, wherein the fifth set of predetermined criteria comprises a specified linear acceleration value along the fifth axis, and wherein the fifth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the linear acceleration data is greater than the specified linear acceleration value along the fifth axis;
upon determining that the fifth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, compare the transformed angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis to a sixth set of predetermined criteria, wherein the sixth set of predetermined criteria comprises a specified value for angular rate of rotation about the fourth axis and wherein the sixth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied if the angular rate of rotation data around the fourth axis is greater than the specified value for the angular rate of rotation about the fourth axis; and
upon determining that the sixth set of predetermined criteria is satisfied, transmit a signal that an impact between a golf ball and the golf club has occurred.

US Pat. No. 10,137,314

ROBUST RADIOTHERAPY TREATMENT PLAN GENERATION

RAYSEARCH LABORATORIES AB...

1. A method for generating a robust radiotherapy treatment plan for a subject at least partly on the basis of a region of interest in said subject, the method comprising the steps of:accessing a set of scenarios comprising at least a first scenario and a second scenario, where each scenario in the set of scenarios represents a specific realization of the uncertainty of one or more parameters relevant for treatment planning;
determining two or more mappings of said region of interest, the two or more mappings comprising at least a first mapping based on said first scenario and a second mapping based on said second scenario;
identifying a number of scenarios of said set of scenarios under which a specific sub-region is located within a corresponding mapping of said region of interest;
calculating a weight for the specific sub-region, at least partly on the basis of the number of scenarios identified; and
optimizing the treatment plan by optimizing an optimization function evaluated over the set of scenarios, wherein the evaluation comprises the use of said weight.

US Pat. No. 10,137,308

ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY TRIGGERED TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF USING THE SAME

The Florida International...

1. A system, comprising:a hardware component comprising an integrated circuit;
a software component stored on a computer-readable medium and in operable communication with the hardware component: and
a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) machine capable of producing magnetic stimulation,
the integrated circuit being in operable communication the TMS machine,
the software component being configured to receive waveforms from electrocardiography (ECG) hardware and to compute a determination factor based on the received waveforms such that if the determination factor is outside a predetermined range, the software component sends an abort signal to the TMS machine to cease any magnetic stimulation,
the software component being further configured to accept an input from a user and to send a control signal to the hardware component to perform an operation on the TMS machine based on the input from the user,
the software component comprising a graphical user interface with which the user interacts to provide the input,
the TMS machine comprising a first pedal corresponding to aborting magnetic stimulation, a second pedal corresponding to decreasing intensity of a magnetic pulse, a third pedal corresponding to triggering a magnetic pulse with a predefined intensity, and a fourth pedal corresponding to increasing intensity of a magnetic pulse,
the hardware component further comprising a first solenoid disposed adjacent to the first pedal of the TMS machine,
the system being configured such that, if the user input indicates that magnetic stimulation is to be aborted the hardware component presses the first pedal of the TMS machine by activating the first solenoid, and
the system being configured such that detection of a highest peak of an R wave by the ECG hardware is synchronized with triggering of the TMS machine.

US Pat. No. 10,137,304

MEDICAL DEVICE WITH MULTIPLE CHANNEL INDEPENDENT RATE CONTROL

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method for delivering electrical stimulation therapy to a patient, the method comprising:delivering, by a stimulation generation circuit, first electrical stimulation pulses at a first programmed rate on a first channel; and
delivering, by the same stimulation generation circuit, second electrical stimulation pulses at a second programmed rate on a second channel, wherein the second programmed rate is different than the first programmed rate, and wherein the second programmed rate is independent of the first programmed rate.

US Pat. No. 10,137,297

DETECTING VENTRICULAR LEAD DISLODGEMENT DURING ATRIAL FIBRILLATION

Medtronic, Inc., Minneap...

1. A method of detecting dislodgement of a ventricular lead coupled to an implantable medical device, the method comprising:sensing, by sensing circuitry of the implantable medical device, a near-field cardiac signal via the ventricular lead;
detecting, by processing circuitry, a ventricular fibrillation episode based on the sensed near-field cardiac signal;
determining, by the processing circuitry, an amount of variability of detected RR intervals and an amplitude of the near-field cardiac signal in response to the ventricular fibrillation episode being detected;
detecting, by the processing circuitry, dislodgement of the ventricular lead based on the amount of variability satisfying a variability threshold and the amplitude satisfying an amplitude threshold; and
withholding, by the processing circuitry, delivery of a ventricular defibrillation therapy by the implantable medical device to treat the detected ventricular fibrillation based on detecting the dislodgement of the ventricular lead.

US Pat. No. 10,137,286

APPARATUS FOR BENDING MALLEABLE GUIDE OF SURGICAL INSTRUMENT

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a grounding member, wherein the grounding member comprises:
(i) a first grounding feature, wherein the first grounding feature is configured to engage a dilation instrument,
(ii) a bending channel, wherein the bending channel is configured to receive a malleable member of the dilation instrument, and
(iii) a fixed indicator; and
(b) an actuator, wherein the actuator is pivotably coupled with the grounding member, wherein the actuator is configured to pivot between a first angular position and a second angular position, wherein the actuator comprises:
(i) a bearing surface, wherein the bearing surface is configured to cooperate with the bending channel to thereby bend the malleable member of the dilation instrument as the actuator is pivoted relative to the grounding member, and
(ii) a first movable indicator configured to align with the fixed indicator at the first angular position, and
(iii) a second moveable indicator spaced away from the first movable indicator an angular distance such that the second movable indicator is configured to align with the fixed indicator at the second angular position.

US Pat. No. 10,137,285

BALLOON DILATION SYSTEM WITH MALLEABLE INTERNAL GUIDE

Acclarent, Inc., Irvine,...

1. An apparatus comprising:(a) a handle assembly;
(b) a guide assembly extending distally from the handle assembly, wherein the guide assembly comprises:
(i) a malleable guide member having a distal end, wherein the malleable guide member is configured to assume and maintain a bent shape relative to a longitudinal axis of the guide assembly, and
(ii) a flexible guide member having a distal end, wherein the distal end of the flexible guide member is distal to the distal end of the malleable guide member, wherein the flexible guide member is slidably disposed positioned about the malleable guide member, wherein an entirety of the flexible guide member is translatable relative to the malleable guide member to advance the distal end of the flexible guide member relative to the distal end of the malleable guide member, wherein a portion of the flexible guide member is slidable along the malleable guide member; and
(c) a dilation catheter, wherein the dilation catheter is slidably disposed about the flexible guide member, wherein the flexible guide member and the dilation catheter are slidable independently of one another relative to the malleable guide member via the handle assembly.

US Pat. No. 10,137,258

PHARMACEUTICAL INJECTION DEVICE AND STORAGE CASE THEREFOR

PHC HOLDINGS CORPORATION,...

1. A pharmaceutical injection device, comprising:a main case that has a pharmaceutical syringe mounting component to which a pharmaceutical syringe is mounted;
a piston that is provided movably with respect to the pharmaceutical syringe mounted to the pharmaceutical syringe mounting component;
a driver that drives the piston;
a power switch that switches power on and off;
a display component that is provided to the main case;
a needle mounting component;
a needle detector that is provided to the main case and directly or indirectly detects whether an injection needle is mounted to the needle mounting component;
a cap that is removably attached to the main case so as to be disposed around an outer periphery of the pharmaceutical syringe in a state in which the pharmaceutical syringe is mounted to the pharmaceutical syringe mounting component;
a cap detector that detects whether the cap is attached to the main case; and
a controller that, after a user switches off the power switch:
executes a first control to display on the display component a message directly or indirectly prompting the user to remove the injection needle when mounting of the injection needle has been detected by the needle detector,
executes a second control to display on the display component a message prompting the user to mount the cap when mounting of the cap is not detected by the cap detector after execution of the first control, and
switches off the power if the injection needle is not removed and the cap detector does not detect mounting of the cap after a predetermined time.

US Pat. No. 10,137,183

PEPTIDE COMPOSITIONS HAVING 4 LINKED CTL EPITOPES AND USES THEREOF

Taiho Pharmaceutical Co.,...

1. A peptide having the general formula: A-(L)-B-(L)-C-(L)-Dwherein (L) is a linker and wherein A, B, C, and D consist of a total of four CTL epitope peptides and are independently selected from the group consisting of:PEP1 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 1;
PEP2 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 2;
PEP4 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 4;
PEP5 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 5;
PEP6 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 6;
PEP7 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 7;
PEP8 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 8;
PEP9 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 9;
PEP10 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 10;
PEP13 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 13;
PEP15 as represented by SEQ ID NO; 15;
PEP17 as represented by SEQ ID NO: 17; and
PEP18 as represented by SEQ II) NO: 18; and wherein
(a) the peptide comprises PEP2 at the C terminus but not when the peptide comprises PEP7 at the N terminus followed by PEP8; or
(b) the peptide comprises PEP4 at the C terminus; or
(c) the peptide comprises PEP10 at the C terminus; or
(d) the peptide comprises PEP5 at the C terminus preceded by PEP6; or
(e) the peptide-consists of PEP5, PEP6, PEP9, and PEP18, and
wherein the peptide optionally comprises hydrophilic amino acids at the N terminus or C terminus to improve solubility of the peptide.

US Pat. No. 10,137,086

LIPID-DERIVED NEUTRAL NANOPARTICLES

Translate Bio, Inc., Lex...

1. A composition comprising a lipid nanoparticle having an overall neutral surface charge and encapsulating negatively charged mRNA encoding cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, wherein said lipid nanoparticle is made by a method comprising the steps of:(a) encapsulating said negatively charged mRNA encoding cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein within a lipid nanoparticle, wherein the lipid nanoparticle comprises:
a cationic lipid, the cationic lipid comprising a polar head-group bound to a lipophilic tail-group via a linker group, the polar head-group being exposed on the surface of the lipid nanoparticle, and the linker group being susceptible to chemical or enzymatic cleavage;
a PEG-modified lipid;
one or more non-cationic lipids that is zwitterionic or anionic; and
one or more non-cationic lipids that is neutral;
and
(b) exposing the lipid nanoparticle to chemical or enzymatic cleavage thereby releasing the polar head-group from the surface of the lipid nanoparticle to provide an overall neutral surface charge to the lipid nanoparticle.

US Pat. No. 10,137,029

ANTI-SNORING DEVICE

1. An anti-snoring device, comprising:a housing having a front side, a rear side, and at least one sidewall extending therebetween;
a speaker disposed on the front side of the housing;
a microphone disposed on the front side of the housing;
wherein the speaker and microphone are disposed on the front side such that the speaker and microphone are facing a same direction;
a memory disposed within the housing;
wherein the memory is configured to store a plurality of audio files thereon;
a microprocessor operably connected to the memory;
a logic stored in the memory that, when executed by the microprocessor, causes the anti-snoring device to perform a method, the method comprising:
receiving an audio signal detected by the microphone;
determining if the audio signal matches one of a first set of audio files representing the sound of human snoring within a pre-defined certainty;
selecting one of a second set of audio files stored on the memory; and
playing the selected audio file of the second set of audio files through the speaker at a volume between 40-50 dB;
a power source disposed within the housing, wherein the power source is configured to provide power to the microprocessor, the memory, the speaker, and the microphone.

US Pat. No. 10,137,017

CRIMPER DEVICE

SUZHOU JIECHENG MEDICAL T...

1. A device for collapsing a stent frame, the device comprising:a stationary first component comprising a first grip section and a first guide section coupled to the first grip section, the first guide section comprising (i) a first central aperture having a first central axis and (ii) a plurality of first elongate guide slots extending in a radial direction from the first central aperture;
a rotatable second component comprising a second grip section and a second guide section, the second guide section comprising (i) a second central aperture having a second central axis coaxially aligned with the first central axis and (i) a plurality of driving structures extending about the second central aperture;
an alignment mechanism configured to maintain the second central axis coaxially aligned with the first central axis as the second guide section rotates relative to the first guide section; and
a plurality of compression members, each comprising a contact surface for engaging an expandable implant, each compression member being slidably positioned at least partially within a respective first elongate guide slot and slidably engaged with a respective driving structure for urging slidable movement of the compression members within the first elongate guide slots as the second guide section rotates relative to the first guide section, thereby moving the contact surfaces between expanded and collapsed positions upon rotation of the second component relative to the first component to increase or decrease a size of a compression aperture formed by the contact surfaces,
wherein each of the plurality of compression members comprises an axial engagement mechanism having an engagement arm extending radially therefrom and an engagement slot for receiving an adjacent engagement arm of an adjacent compression member, and wherein during movement to a closed configuration, adjacent engagement arms are configured to radially interconnect with adjacent engagement slots to restrict axial movement of the plurality of compression members with respect to each other.

US Pat. No. 10,137,009

EXPANDABLE INTERVERTEBRAL FUSION DEVICES AND METHODS OF INSTALLATION THEREOF

Globus Medical, Inc., Au...

1. An expandable fusion system comprising an expandable spinal implant having a distal end configured to lead into a space between adjacent vertebral bodies and a proximal end configured to trail the distal end, comprising:a body member comprising a first end section, a second end section, and a cavity therebetween, the first end section comprising a first bore and the second end section comprising a second bore;
a driving member, disposed on the distal end of the expandable spinal implant, the driving member comprising a tapered section configured to aid insertion of the expandable implant into the space between the intervertebral bodies;
a first endplate configured to engage the body member and the driving member;
a second endplate configured to engage the body member and the driving member; and
an actuator assembly comprising an actuation screw, the actuation screw comprising a head and a threaded body, wherein the head is configured to be completely contained between the first endplate and the second endplate,
wherein the driving member comprises a threaded bore extending longitudinally therethrough.

US Pat. No. 10,136,999

SURGICAL IMPLANT, AND ASSOCIATED INSTALLATION TOOL, SURGICAL KIT AND METHOD OF PRODUCTION

IN2BONES, Ecully (FR)

1. A surgical implant (1) for correcting the mutual positioning or orientation of the bones of a patient designed to be inserted between at least two bone bodies (2, 3) of said patient, said surgical implant (1) comprising:a main body (5) extending along a longitudinal axis (X-X?) between a proximal end (6) and a distal end (7) of said main body (5),
a plurality of fins (9), each fin (9) being provided with a junction edge (10) connecting said fin (9) to said main body (5), such that said fins (9) protrude from said main body (5) from the respective junction edge (10) thereof, which substantially extends in a junction plane (Pj) whose normal is formed by said longitudinal axis (X-X?),
the surgical implant (1) being characterized in that each fin (9) has a sufficient flexibility so that it can be deformed along a direction centripetal and/or parallel to the longitudinal axis (X-X?) under the action of at least one of the bone bodies (2, 3) when said surgical implant (1) is inserted between said bone bodies (2, 3),
each fin (9) being provided with a free edge (11) and each fin comprising a portion extending between the junction edge (10) and the free edge (11), each fin (9) having at least:
one portion of constant width (12) along which the free edge (11) and the junction edge (10) are separated by a first distance (d1) substantially constant along said portion of constant width (12) and,
one flat portion (13), along which the free edge (11) and the junction edge (10) are separated by a second distance (d2) lower than the first distance (d1).

US Pat. No. 10,136,997

TIBIAL PROSTHESIS FOR TIBIA WITH VARUS RESECTION

Zimmer, Inc., Warsaw, IN...

1. A system for forming a tibial implant configured for attachment to a tibia in a knee arthroplasty, the system comprising:one or more baseplates having a lateral portion and a medial portion oriented relative to an anteroposterior axis, each of the lateral portion and the medial portion having a distal surface configured to interface with a resected proximal surface of a tibia;
a plurality of fixation members each of the plurality of fixation members being configured to couple to the baseplate and extend both distally and medially from the baseplate such that each fixation member of the plurality of fixation members is oriented at an acute angle relative to the distal surface of the medial portion, and wherein each of the plurality of fixation members is configured to differ from others of the plurality of fixation members such that the acute angle formed by each of the plurality of fixation members, when mounted to the baseplate, differs in degree.

US Pat. No. 10,136,986

DEVICES AND METHODS FOR ENDOTHELIALIZATION OF MAGNETIC VASCULAR GRAFTS

Mayo Foundation for Medic...

1. A method for making a porous, magnetic device consisting of a cured polymer and a magnetic substance and, optionally, a thread wound around the device, the method comprising:providing a solvent containing an uncured polymer, a porogen, and a magnetic substance;
providing an elongate mandrel having a length of at least about 3 cm and a diameter of about 100 ?m to about 6 mm;
dipping at least a portion of the mandrel into the solvent containing the polymer, porogen, and magnetic substance;
curing the polymer; and
removing the porogen.

US Pat. No. 10,136,967

DENTAL IMPLANT ABUTMENT COPINGS

Bicon, LLC, Boston, MA (...

1. A dental abutment coping for securing a dental prosthesis to a dental abutment, the dental abutment coping comprising:a body extending from a first end to a second end along a longitudinal axis, the body defining a cavity extending from an opening in the second end of the dental abutment coping, the body comprising:
an exterior surface adapted to be inserted into a corresponding interface cavity of the dental prosthesis;
a peripheral region of the second end, the peripheral region extending around the opening and comprising a beveled surface oriented towards the longitudinal axis at an angle relative to the longitudinal axis; and
an interior surface sized to accept a head of the dental abutment, the interior surface having a tapered interior region and an interface interior region, the interface interior region being between the peripheral region and the tapered interior region, and the tapered interior region defining an increasing internal diameter of the cavity between a distal end of the cavity and the interface interior region;
wherein the exterior surface includes
a tapered exterior region;
a flat exterior region parallel to the longitudinal axis;
wherein the tapered exterior region extends from the first end of the body to the flat exterior region, the tapered exterior region defining an increasing exterior diameter of the body along the length towards the second end, and
wherein the flat exterior region extends from the tapered exterior region to the beveled surface of the peripheral region of the second end.

US Pat. No. 10,136,964

AUTOMATIC PLACEMENT OF PRECISION CUTS

Align Technology, Inc., ...

1. An orthodontic system for positioning a patient's teeth, comprising:a first patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in one of an upper jaw and a lower jaw, the appliance comprising a hook configured to receive an orthodontic elastic band; and
a second patient removable orthodontic tooth positioning appliance having teeth receiving cavities shaped to receive and apply a resilient positioning force to a patient's teeth provided in the other of the upper jaw and the lower jaw, the appliance comprising a cutout operable to expose an orthodontic elastic band receiving member wherein the cutout is operable to be disposed over a tooth, is shaped to extend between a first point of a gingival line of the tooth and a second point of the gingival line of the tooth, and has a gingival-facing surface arrangeable between the elastic band receiving member and an occlusal surface of the tooth.

US Pat. No. 10,136,959

ENDOLUMENAL OBJECT SIZING

Auris Health, Inc., Redw...

1. A method for sizing an object positioned within a patient, comprising:navigating an elongate body to a location within the patient and proximate to the object, the elongate body comprising an imaging sensor for capturing images of the object;
capturing sequential images of the object with the imaging sensor;
navigating the elongate body into at least one of a different orientation and a different position during the capture of the sequential images;
determining orientations and positions of the elongate body during the capture of the sequential images based on a set of robot data;
comparing the orientation and position of the elongate body determined based on the set of robot data for at least one captured sequential image to the orientation and position determined based on the set of robot data for at least another captured sequential image; and
analyzing, with a processor, the sequential images of the object and the comparison of the set of robot data to estimate a size of the object.

US Pat. No. 10,136,956

APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR ROBOT-ASSISTED SURGERY AS WELL AS POSITIONING DEVICE

avateramedical GmbH, (DE...

1. An apparatus for robot-assisted surgery, comprisingan instrument unit having a surgical instrument with an instrument shaft, a proximal end of which is passable through a body orifice of a patient to a target area defined by coordinates of a coordinate system of the apparatus,
a positioning device emitting light as a beam of rays,
at least one coupling unit of a manipulator arm, to which optionally the positioning device or the instrument unit is connectable,
wherein, when connecting the positioning device to the coupling unit, a position of a central axis of the beam of rays emitted by the positioning device corresponds with a position of the longitudinal axis of the instrument shaft of the instrument unit connected to the coupling unit instead of the positioning device,
a control unit,
which, when the positioning device is connected to the coupling unit, determines an amount of a distance vector, which is orthogonal to the central axis, between the central axis and the target area defined by the coordinates,
which generates a first control information when the amount of the determined distance vector is less than or equal to a first preset value, and
comprising an output unit which outputs a signal dependent on the first control information.

US Pat. No. 10,136,955

ROBOTIC DEVICE FOR IMAGE-GUIDED SURGERY AND INTERVENTIONS

University of Houston Sys...

1. A flexible actuation transmission line for a medical-intervention robot, comprising:a channel containing solid media disposed inside that mechanically links a powering unit to an instrument or a component of the robot linked to the instrument;
axial movement of said media inside the channel powered by the said powering unit actuates said instrument or actuated component; and
gates which selectively block the channel.

US Pat. No. 10,136,919

EXTERNAL FIXATOR ASSEMBLY

GLOBUS MEDICAL, INC., Au...

1. An external fixator assembly comprising:a first clamp assembly, wherein the first clamp assembly comprises a first upper member and a first lower member operably connected to one another, wherein the first upper member and the first lower member form a first slot in opposition to a second slot;
a second clamp assembly, wherein the second clamp assembly comprises a second upper member and a second lower member operably connected to one another, wherein the second upper member and the second lower member form a third slot in opposition to a fourth slot forming a pin or rod free zone having a first flat surface and a second flat surface that form a V-opening relative to one another such that a pin or rod would not be retained therein;
a rod received within the first slot or second slot of the first clamp assembly;
a pin received within the third slot of the second clamp assembly, wherein the pin is sized and configured to extend into a tibial bone.

US Pat. No. 10,136,914

ANCHORING DEVICE FOR ANCHORING A BORING TOOL IN A LUMEN OR VESSEL

1. An anchoring system for anchoring a boring tool at a site in a lumen or vessel, the anchoring system comprising:an anchoring device for anchoring the boring tool at the site in the lumen or vessel, and
a delivery device for delivering the anchoring device to the site in the lumen or vessel, the delivery device comprising:
an expandable member mounted thereon,
the anchoring device comprising:
an expandable element adapted for expanding in the lumen or vessel to anchor the anchoring device therein, the expandable element being releasably mountable on and engageable with the expandable member of the delivery device for delivering the anchoring device to the site in the lumen or vessel, the expandable element defining a main central axis and being expandable with the expandable member of the delivery device for anchoring the anchoring device adjacent the site in the lumen or vessel,
a securing means located on the expandable element engageable with the expandable member for securing the expandable element to the expandable member and for retaining the expandable element secured to the expandable member during expanding of the expandable element by the expandable member, a guide element defining a guide bore extending therethrough to accommodate one of a boring tool and a carrier element of the boring tool for guiding the boring tool, the guide bore defining a secondary central axis extending at an angle greater than 0° to the main central axis defined by the expandable element, and
an engagement means located in the guide element and engageable with one of the boring tool and the carrier element of the boring tool so that the boring tool is urgeable outwardly of the guide element against the anchoring device.

US Pat. No. 10,136,909

MAGNETIC INTRODUCER SYSTEMS AND METHODS

AtriCure, Inc., Mason, O...

1. A system for creating a lesion in an epicardial tissue of a patient with ablative energy, comprising:a first introducer having a distal portion comprising a pre-formed bend and a proximal portion each extending along a longitudinal axis of the first introducer where the distal portion further comprises a first flat distal surface, and where the distal portion comprises a first coupling member;
a second introducer having a distal portion and a proximal portion each extending along a longitudinal axis of the second introducer, where the distal portion further comprises a second flat distal surface, and where the distal portion comprises a second coupling member; and
a treatment device having an ablation assembly that includes an ablation member configured to deliver an ablation energy that creates the lesion in the epicardial tissue of the patient,
wherein the treatment device is configured to be releasably coupled with the proximal portion of the first introducer,
wherein the first coupling member of the first introducer comprises a magnet adjacent to the first flat distal surface, and the second coupling member of the second introducer comprises a magnet in the second flat distal surface, wherein the magnet of the first introducer has a magnetic dipole and the magnet of the second introducer has a magnetic dipole, and wherein attraction between the first introducer magnet and the second introducer magnet operates to align the first introducer magnet dipole with the second introducer magnet dipole such that when positioned adjacently the first flat distal surface engages the second flat distal surface,
wherein the first and second introducers are configured to translate along their respective longitudinal axes while the respective coupling members are joined, and
wherein coupling between the proximal portion of the first introducer and the treatment device, in combination with coupling between the first and second introducers provided by their respective magnets, is effective to move the treatment device toward a treatment location on the epicardial tissue when the second introducer is moved away from the treatment location on the epicardial tissue.

US Pat. No. 10,136,898

NARROW PROFILE SURGICAL LIGATION CLIP

TELEFLEX MEDICAL INCORPOR...

1. A surgical ligation clip, defining a longitudinal axis and comprising:first and second legs each extending along the longitudinal axis and having proximal and distal end portions with respect to said longitudinal axis,
a clip hinge joining the first and second legs at a point on their respective proximal end portions, the first and second legs each having inner clamping surfaces between the clip hinge and the distal end portions of said first and second legs, the clamping surfaces being substantially apposed when the clip is in a fully closed position,
a first jaw structure on the first leg extending proximal to the clip hinge, the first jaw structure having a first curved inner surface extending proximally from the clip hinge and facing the longitudinal axis and being substantially concave viewed from said axis,
a second jaw structure on the second leg extending proximal to the clip hinge, the second jaw structure having a second curved inner surface extending proximally from the clip hinge and facing the longitudinal axis and being substantially concave viewed from said axis, and
a buttress body extending from and connected to both the first jaw structure and the second jaw structure by a first living hinge and second living hinge, respectively extending from said first jaw structure and second jaw structure, the buttress body having an outer surface,
the first and second jaw structures being spaced from the longitudinal axis on opposite sides thereof and defining a locking space therebetween, the buttress body being moveable into the locking space such that at least first and second curved planar segment abutment portions of the outer surface of the buttress body each abuts against the substantially concave curved inner surfaces of the first and second jaw structures to bias the clip in a closed position,
wherein the buttress body forms a substantially cylindrical or generalized cylindrical body spanning laterally on a proximal end of the clip, and the locking space is a socket space and a volume subtended by the buttress body can occupy substantially all of said socket space, and
wherein when said buttress body is disposed in said locking space, abutment of the buttress body against the respective substantially concave curved inner surface of each of the first jaw structure and second jaw structure creates moments acting about the clip hinge directly on the first and second jaw structures, which moments directly act on the first and second legs to urge said legs closed and supply a clamping force between said legs.

US Pat. No. 10,136,894

NERVE TREATMENT METHODS

BOARD OF REGENTS, THE UNI...

1. A method of coaptation of a first and second nerve segments having cut but not crushed ends, said segments being segments of a nerve that has been cut but not crushed comprising the steps of:a) applying a hypotonic, calcium-free saline solution to said first and second cut but not crushed nerve segments of a nerve that has been cut but not crushed, for a first period of time;
b) concurrent with or after step a), applying to said nerve segments a solution containing an antioxidant inhibitor of membrane sealing for a second period of time;
c) bringing into contact a cut end of the first nerve segment with a cut end of the second nerve segments;
d) then applying a lipid membrane fusogen solution to said contacted first and second nerve segments for a third period of time; and
(e) applying to the contacted nerve segments an isotonic, calcium-containing solution for a fourth period of time, to thereby coapt said contacted nerve first and second nerve segments.

US Pat. No. 10,136,888

CIRCULAR STAPLER AND STAPLE HEAD ASSEMBLY THEREOF

TOUCHSTONE INTERNATIONAL ...

1. A circular stapler, comprising:a staple body comprising an annular staple cartridge, an annular cutter located at a distal end of the circular stapler, the annular staple cartridge comprising a plurality of staple holes at an end face thereof, and a ring arranged at an end face of the annular staple cartridge adjacent to the annular cutter; and
an anvil assembly comprising an annular anvil for mating with the annular staple cartridge, an annular cutting pad set inside the annular anvil for mating with the annular cutter and an anvil shaft moveably connected to the staple body, the annular cutting pad being arranged between the anvil shaft and the annular anvil;
wherein when the staple body and the anvil assembly are closed, a first gap exists between an end face of the annular anvil and the end face of the annular staple cartridge, and a second gap exists between an end face of the annular cutting pad and an end face of the ring, wherein a height of the second gap parallel to an axis of the anvil shaft is different from a height of the first gap parallel to the axis of the anvil shaft.

US Pat. No. 10,136,861

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PREDICTING ACUTE CARDIOPULMONARY EVENTS AND SURVIVABILITY OF A PATIENT

SINGAPORE HEALTH SERVICES...

1. A patient survivability prediction system comprising:a hand-held device comprising
a first input to receive a first set of parameters relating to heart rate variability data of a patient based on electrocardiogram (ECG) signals from a patient, and
a second input to receive a second set of parameters relating to vital sign data of the patient;
a memory module to store the first set of parameters and the second set of parameters;
a third input to receive a third set of parameters including at least one of demographic information of the patient and medical history information of the patient;
at least one processor coupled to the memory module and configured to analyze the first set of parameters, the second set of parameters, and the third set of parameters and output a prediction on the survivability of the patient over a predetermined period of time based on the first set of parameters, the second set of parameters, and the third set of parameters; and
a display coupled to the at least one processor to display the prediction on the survivability of the patient over the predetermined period of time.

US Pat. No. 10,136,812

OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY APPARATUS FOR SELECTIVELY VISUALIZING AND ANALYZING VASCULAR NETWORK OF CHOROIDAL LAYER, AND IMAGE-PROCESSING PROGRAM AND IMAGE-PROCESSING METHOD FOR THE SAME

UNIVERSITY OF TSUKUBA, T...

1. An optical coherence tomography apparatus for selectively visualizing and analyzing a vascular network in a choroidal layer comprising:an optical coherence tomography device, and
a computer that obtains three-dimensional OCT tomographic images based on OCT-measured data acquired by the optical coherence tomography device and processes the three-dimensional OCT tomographic images,
wherein the computer comprises:
a means for acquiring image data of the choroidal vessels by selectively separating out only images of choroidal vessels from the three-dimensional OCT tomographic images, and
a means for obtaining data to be used in a quantitative evaluation of a shape of the choroidal vessels based on the image data of the choroidal vessels;
wherein the means for acquiring image data of the choroidal vessels performs extracting tomographic image data of the choroidal layer from the OCT-measured data, extracting data of image slices from the tomographic image data of the choroidal layer, which data of image slices are image data representing the choroidal layer sliced at equally pitched positions in a depth direction of the choroidal layer, and then acquiring the image data of the choroidal vessels from the data of image slices, and
wherein the means for acquiring image data of the choroidal vessels is constituted in a manner that, for each of multiple windows of different sizes, each pixel in the image slice is binarized according to whether or not a pixel color density is equal to or higher than a pre-determined specified threshold in order to obtain an estimated vessel parts-extracted binary image, and
in this estimated vessel parts-extracted binary image, those regions where a ratio of pixels with different binary data to each pixel in an applicable window is equal to or greater than a pre-determined specified value are deleted as pseudo vessels, while the estimated vessel parts whose diameter is smaller than a pre-determined specified diameter with respect to a dimension of the applicable window are also erased as noise and non-vessels, in order to obtain binary image data of the vascular network in the choroidal layer.

US Pat. No. 10,136,735

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AIR MATTRESS TEMPERATURE CONTROL

Polygroup Macau Limited (...

1. An inflatable air mattress comprising:one or more inflatable air chambers disposed within the air mattress; and
an air temperature control system in fluid communication with the one or more inflatable air chambers, the air temperature control system comprising:
an air intake component having an outer seal and an inner seal, the outer seal being configured to selectively open to allow air to enter and exit the air intake component and to selectively close to inhibit the air from entering or exiting the air intake component, the inner seal being configured to selectively open to allow the air to pass between the one or more inflatable air chambers and the air intake component and to selectively close to inhibit the air from entering or exiting the one or more inflatable air chambers,
a fan in fluid communication with the air intake component, the fan being configured to selectively direct the air to flow into and out of the air mattress and to selectively circulate the air within the air mattress,
a temperature control element in fluid communication with the air intake component, the temperature control element being configured to selectively heat and/or cool the air within the air intake component, and
a controller configured to direct the opening and closing of the inner and outer seals and operation of the temperature control element and the fan.

US Pat. No. 10,136,727

BOOT RACK WITH ANGLED SUPPORT

Richards Homewares, Inc.,...

1. A boot rack comprisinga frame having a central bar extending between a pair of support feet, such that the pair of support feet engage a surface;
at least one elongate boot support element having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end of the at least one elongate boot support element includes a fixed component and a rotating component, such that the fixed component is fixed relative to the central bar, and the rotating component is connected to the fixed component via a hinge connection;
wherein the hinge connection defines a hinge axis which allows the rotating component to rotate about the hinge axis, wherein the hinge axis is separate from an axis formed by the central bar;
a locking mechanism such that when the at least one elongate boot support element is rotated to a vertically-extending position, a pair of interlocking elbows, located on the fixed component and the rotating component align and slide into a locked configuration, and
wherein the interlocking elbow located on the rotating component is structured to come into physical contact with the central bar to stop rotation of the rotating component at a user-selected position of rotation.

US Pat. No. 10,136,717

WATERPROOF ENCLOSURE

ALPS ELECTRIC CO., LTD., ...

1. A waterproof enclosure for enclosing an electronic component, comprising:an outer shell having a penetrating hole formed therethrough;
a waterproof filter having air permeability and covering the penetrating hole; and
a projecting part projecting from an outer surface of the outer shell and covering the penetrating hole,
wherein the projecting part includes a plurality of vent holes connecting the penetrating hole to outside space,
wherein each of the vent holes is delimited by a sloping surface extending at an angle from the outer surface toward the penetrating hole, and
wherein the projecting part includes an outer circumferential part and an inner circumferential part which are concentric hollow cylinders, a space being formed between a lateral surface of the outer circumferential part and a lateral surface of the inner circumferential part, the lateral surface of the outer circumferential part having the vent holes formed therethrough, the lateral surface of the inner circumferential part facing the vent holes formed through the lateral surface of the outer circumferential part.

US Pat. No. 10,136,701

TENSILE-STRAND ENCLOSURE SYSTEM FOR FOOTWEAR

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An enclosure system for a footwear article, which includes a lateral side, a medial side, an inferior side, and a superior side, the enclosure system comprising:a first strand element and a second strand element;
a first strand anchor point on the lateral side of the footwear article, the first strand anchor point threadably receiving the first strand element;
a second strand anchor point on the medial side of the footwear article, article, wherein the second strand element extends from the lateral side of the footwear article, across the superior side of the footwear article, and interloops with the second strand anchor point on the medial side of the footwear article; and
a third strand anchor point coupled to the second strand element, which is interlooped with the second strand anchor point, and positioned on the medial side of the footwear article, wherein the first strand element threads between the first strand anchor point on the lateral side and the third strand anchor point on the medial side, and wherein an amount of tension applied to the second strand element is adjustable by changing an amount of tension applied to the first strand element.

US Pat. No. 10,136,695

FOOTWEAR UPPER HAVING SELECTIVELY LOCATED PADDING

NIKE, Inc., Beaverton, O...

1. An upper for an article of footwear, the upper comprising:an outer layer forming an external surface of the upper;
a first padding layer disposed within the outer layer and extending across a toe portion of the upper, the first padding layer extending continuously between a medial side of the upper and a lateral side of the upper;
a second padding layer disposed within the outer layer and closer to a heel portion of the upper than the first padding layer, the second padding layer extending continuously from the medial side of the upper to the lateral side of the upper, separated from the first padding layer at the medial side of the upper in a first region, and separated from the first padding layer at the lateral side of the upper in a second region; and
a tongue opening terminating at a throat portion located in an area between the medial side and the lateral side, the second padding layer including a first portion extending from the throat portion along the tongue opening at the medial side and a second portion extending from the throat portion along the tongue opening at the lateral side,
wherein the second padding layer includes a first rib portion extending from the first portion in a direction away from the tongue opening and a second rib portion extending from the second portion in a direction away from the tongue opening, and
wherein at least one of the first portion and the second portion extends continuously along the tongue opening.

US Pat. No. 10,136,677

RETRACTABLE MOUTHPIECE AND ELECTRONIC CIGARETTE HAVING THE SAME

JOYETECH EUROPE HOLDING G...

1. A retractable mouthpiece, comprising:an upper cover of a hollow structure with a receiving cavity;
a lower cover that fits with the upper cover;
a fastener arranged between the upper cover and the lower cover and housed inside the receiving cavity;
a smoking pipe housed inside the receiving cavity; and
an elastic component arranged between the smoking pipe and the lower cover,
wherein the fastener is sleeved on the smoking pipe, and the smoking pipe is extended out of the upper cover or retracted within the upper cover when the smoking pipe is pressed and/or rotated.

US Pat. No. 10,136,673

ELECTRICALLY HEATED AEROSOL-GENERATING SYSTEM

PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S....

1. An electrically operated aerosol-generating system, comprising:a housing;
an aerosol-forming substrate;
at least one heating element configured to heat the aerosol-forming substrate and to generate an aerosol;
a power supply configured to supply power to the at least one heating element;
electric circuitry configured to control a supply of power from the power supply to the at least one heating element;
a first switch provided on an external surface of the housing; and
a mouthpiece comprising at least one second, touch sensitive, switch, the mouthpiece being deformable from a first configuration to a second configuration,
wherein in the first configuration the at least one second, touch sensitive, switch is not exposed and in the second configuration the at least one second, touch sensitive, switch is exposed, and
wherein the electric circuitry is configured to provide power via the power supply to the at least one heating element when both the at least one first switch and the at least one second, touch sensitive, switch are activated.

US Pat. No. 10,136,577

FIXED-LINE TRIMMER HEAD WITH IMPROVED LINE CHANNEL

Shakespeare Company, LLC,...

1. A fixed-line trimmer head for a rotary trimmer device, the trimmer head comprising:a housing operatively attachable to the rotary trimmer device, the housing being rotatable when in use around a central axis of rotation and having a top surface extending outwardly from the central axis and facing upward when in use, a bottom surface extending outwardly from the central axis and facing the ground when in use, and a periphery connecting the top surface to the bottom surface;
at least one line channel defined within the housing of the trimmer head having an entrance port recessed within the periphery and an exit port disposed on one of the top and bottom surfaces, wherein the entrance port and the exit port are each located an equal distance from the axis of rotation,
wherein the entrance port recessed within the periphery is defined by a wall extending from the top surface and from the bottom surface, the wall being located at the equal distance from the axis of rotation;
an actuator comprising:
at least one wall defining a slot; and
a pair of biasing members configured to bias the actuator in a direction away from the central axis of the housing; and
a pair of opposed clamps each comprising a post disposed within the slot of the actuator, wherein the posts are configured to slide within the slot, in a direction perpendicular to the actuator movement.
US Pat. No. 10,138,525

COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS TO DETECT ATOPOBIUM VAGINAE NUCLEIC ACID

GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED, ...

1. A method for detecting in a sample a 16S rRNA of A. vaginae or a gene encoding a 16S rRNA of A. vaginae, comprising the steps of:a. providing a sample, wherein said sample is suspected of containing an Atopobium vaginae bacterium;
b. contacting said sample with at least two amplification oligomers, each being from 15 to 25 nucleotides in length and configured to generate from a 16S rRNA of A. vaginae or a gene encoding a 16S rRNA of A. vaginae, an amplicon comprising a nucleotide sequence that is SEQ ID NO:43, wherein said at least two amplification oligomers specifically hybridize to A. vaginae target nucleic acid in the presence of one or more of G. vaginalis, Prevotella sp, anaerobic gram positive cocci, Mobiluncus sp, Mycoplasma hominis, Eggerthella hongkongensis, Megasphaera sp, and/or Leptotrichia sanguinegens;
c. performing an in vitro nucleic acid amplification reaction wherein any target nucleic acid present in said sample is used as a template for generating an amplification product; and
d. performing a detection reaction to determine the presence or absence of the amplification product.
US Pat. No. 10,138,276

INHIBITION OF TCR SIGNALING WITH PEPTIDE VARIANTS

SIGNABLOK, Inc., Shrewsb...

1. A composition, the composition comprising a peptide consisting of no more than 25 amino acids according to formulaR1-Y1-Y2-Y3-Y4-Y5-Y6-Y7-Y8-Y9-Y10-Y11-R2,wherein:R1 is selected from the group consisting of N-terminal sugar conjugate and N-terminal lipid conjugate;
Y1 is selected from the group consisting of Arg, Arg-Arg, Arg-Arg-Arg and Arg-Arg-Arg-Arg (SEQ ID NO: 82);
Y2 is selected from the group consisting of Lys, Lys-Lys, Lys-Lys-Lys and Lys-Lys-Lys-Lys (SEQ ID NO: 83);
Y3 is selected from the group consisting of A1-A2-A3, A*1-A*2-A*3-A*4 and A**1-A**2-A**3-A**4, wherein:
A1 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Val, Ile, Leu and a two amino acid peptide, said peptide consisting of Val, Ile and Leu in any combination;
A2 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Gly and Met;
A3 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Phe, Leu, Ile and Tyr;
A*1 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Arg, Gly, Leu and Ile;
A*2 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Asn, Gln and Ala;
A*3 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Ile, Leu and Ser;
A*4 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Val, Asn and Gly;
A**1 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Ala, Pro, Cys, Thr, Asn, Met, Glu and a two amino acid peptide, said peptide consisting of Ala, Pro, Cys, Thr, Asn, Met and Glu in any combination;
A**2 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Thr, Ser, Gly, Ala, Tyr, Pro, Ile, a two amino acid peptide and a three amino acid peptide, said peptide consisting of Thr, Ser, Gly, Ala, Tyr, Pro and Ile in any combination;
A**3 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Gly, Met, Cys, Pro, Leu, Ile, Gln and a two amino acid peptide, said peptide consisting of Gly, Met, Cys, Pro, Leu, Ile and Gln in any combination;
A**4 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Ala, Thr, Glu, Asn and Ser;
Y4 is a positively charged amino acid selected from the group comprising Arg, Lys and His;
Y5 is selected form the group consisting of C1, C*1 and C**, wherein:
C1 is a four amino acid peptide consisting of Leu, Ile, Thr and Pro in any combination;
C*1 is a three amino acid peptide consisting of Asp, Leu, Ile, Arg, Lys, Ser, Val and Glu in any combination;
C** is an eight amino acid peptide;
Y6 is a positively charged amino acid selected from the group comprising Arg, Lys and His;
Y7 is selected from the group consisting of E1-E2-E3, E*1 and E**1-E**2-E**3, wherein:
E1 is Val or Tyr;
E2 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Ala and Phe;
E3 is absent or Gly;
E*1 is a three amino acid peptide consisting of Asp, Asn, Leu, Lys, Ile, Val and Glu in any combination;
E**1 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Gln, Cys, Glu, Trp and Arg;
E**2 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Leu, Ile, Phe, Gly and Lys;
E**3 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Gly and Thr;
Y8 is selected form the group consisting of F1-F2, F*1 and F**1, wherein:
F1 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Gly, Phe, Asn, a two amino acid peptide and a three amino acid peptide, said peptide consisting of Gly, Phe and Asn in any combination;
F2 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Leu, Phe, Ile, Met, Thr, Gln, a two amino acide peptide, a three amino acide peptide, a four amino acide peptide and a five amino acide peptide, said peptide consisting of Leu, Phe, Ile, Met, Thr and Gln in any combination;
F*1 is a positively charged amino acid selected from the group comprising Arg, Lys and His;
F**1 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Asn, Leu, Ile, Thr, Phe, Val, a two amino acid peptide, a three amino acid peptide and a four amino acid peptide said peptide consisting of Asn, Leu, Ile, Thr, Phe and Val in any combination;
Y9 is absent or G*1-G*2, wherein:
G*1 is selected from the group consisting of Ile, Leu and Asp;
G*2 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Asn and Thr;
Y10 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Arg, Arg-Arg, Arg-Arg-Arg and Arg-Arg-Arg-Arg (SEQ ID NO: 82);
Y11 is absent or is selected from the group consisting of Lys, Lys-Lys, Lys-Lys-Lys and Lys-Lys-Lys-Lys (SEQ ID NO: 83); and
R2 is absent or is C-terminal lipid conjugate.
US Pat. No. 10,138,315

FLUORINATED COMPOUND-CONTAINING COMPOSITION, METHOD FOR ITS PRODUCTION, COATING LIQUID, HARD COAT LAYER-FORMING COMPOSITION AND ARTICLE

AGC INC., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A composition, comprising:a fluorinated compound (A) having a portion derived from a compound (a) having a poly(oxyperfluoroalkylene) chain and an active hydrogen-containing group, a portion derived from a compound (b) having a polymerizable carbon-carbon double bond and an active hydrogen-containing group, and a portion derived from a polyisocyanate (c), the fluorinated compound (A) having no isocyanate group;
a compound (B) having a polymerizable carbon-carbon double bond and an active hydrogen-containing group; and
a solvent (S1),
wherein an amount of the fluorinated compound (A) in the composition is from 5 to 30 mass % to the composition, and
an amount of the compound (B) is from 0.1 to 2 mass % to the composition.
US Pat. No. 10,138,368

BLOCK COPOLYMER COMPOSITION AND ADHESIVE COMPOSITION

Asahi Kasei Kabushiki Kai...

1. A block copolymer composition comprising:(i) 50% by mass or more and 90% by mass or less of a component (a) that is a block copolymer comprising a polymer block (A) mainly comprising a vinyl aromatic monomer unit and a polymer block (B) mainly comprising a conjugated diene monomer unit, wherein the block copolymer has a weight average molecular weight of 30,000 or higher and 150,000 or lower,
(ii) a component (b-2) that is a block copolymer comprising a polymer block (A) mainly comprising a vinyl aromatic monomer unit and a polymer block (B) mainly comprising a conjugated diene monomer unit, wherein at a ratio of a weight average molecular weight of the block copolymer to the weight average molecular weight of the component (a) is 2.5 or more and less than 3.4,
(iii) a component (b-3) that is a block copolymer comprising a polymer block (A) mainly comprising a vinyl aromatic monomer unit and a polymer block (B) mainly comprising a conjugated diene monomer unit, wherein a ratio of a weight average molecular weight of the block copolymer to the weight average molecular weight of the component (a) is 3.4 or more and less than 4.5, and
(iv) optionally a component (b-1) that is a block copolymer comprising a polymer block (A) mainly comprising a vinyl aromatic monomer unit and a polymer block (B) mainly comprising a conjugated diene monomer unit, wherein a ratio of a weight average molecular weight of the block copolymer to the weight average molecular weight of the component (a) is 1.5 or more and less than 2.5,
wherein a content of the vinyl aromatic monomer unit in the component (a) and the components (b-1), (b-2) and (b-3) is 10 to 50% by mass based on a total amount of the component (a) and the components (b-1), (b-2) and (b-3),
a hydrogenation ratio in the conjugated diene monomer unit in the component (a) and the components (b-1), (b-2) and (b-3) is 20% by mass or more, and
a content of the components (b-1), (b-2) and (b-3) is 10% by mass or more and 50% by mass or less.
US Pat. No. 10,138,117

AQUEOUS FORMULATIONS FOR REMOVING METAL HARD MASK AND POST-ETCH RESIDUE WITH CU/W COMPATIBILITY

Entegris, Inc., Billeric...

1. A composition for selectively removing titanium nitride and/or photoresist etch residue material from the surface of a microelectronic device having same thereon, said composition comprising at least one oxidizing agent, at least one etchant, at least one corrosion inhibitor, at least one passivating agent, at least one solvent, and optionally at least one complexing agent,wherein the oxidizing agent comprises a species selected from the group consisting of FeCl3 (both hydrated and unhydrated), Fe(NO3)3, Sr(NO3)2, CoF3, FeF3, MnF3, oxone (2KHSO5·KHSO4·K2SO4), periodic acid, iodic acid, vanadium (V) oxide, vanadium (IV,V) oxide, ammonium vanadate, ammonium peroxomonosulfate, ammonium chlorite (NH4ClO2), ammonium chlorate (NH4ClO3), ammonium iodate (NH4IO3), ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3), ammonium perborate (NH4BO3), ammonium perchlorate (NH4ClO4), ammonium periodate (NH4IO3), ammonium persulfate ((NH4)2S2O8), ammonium hypochlorite (NH4ClO), ammonium tungstate ((NH4)10H2(W2O7)), sodium persulfate (Na2S2O8), sodium hypochlorite (NaClO), sodium perborate, potassium iodate (KIO3), potassium permanganate (KMnO4), potassium persulfate, nitric acid (HNO3), potassium persulfate (K2S2O8), potassium hypochlorite (KClO), tetramethylammonium chlorite ((N(CH3)4)ClO2), tetramethylammonium chlorate ((N(CH3)4)ClO3), tetramethylammonium iodate ((N(CH3)4)IO3), tetramethylammonium perborate ((N(CH3)4)BO3), tetramethylammonium perchlorate ((N(CH3)4)ClO4), tetramethylammonium periodate ((N(CH3)4)IO4), tetramethylammonium persulfate ((N(CH3)4)S2O8), tetrabutylammonium peroxomonosulfate, peroxomonosulfuric acid, ferric nitrate (Fe(NO3)3), peracetic acid (CH3(CO)OOH), toluquinone, dimethyl-1,4-benzoquinone, chloranil, alloxan, and combinations thereof;
wherein the composition is substantially devoid of hydrogen peroxide, and
wherein the at least one corrosion inhibitor is selected from the group consisting of:
a species selected from the group consisting of pyridine-N-oxide, N-ethylmorpholine-N-oxide, N-methylpyrrolidine-N-oxide, and N-ethylpyrrolidine-N-oxide;
a heterocycle selected from the group consisting of quinoline, quinazoline, isoquinoline, pyrazine, quinoxaline, phenazine, phenanthridine, and acridine;
a heterocycle selected from the group consisting of quinolone, quinazoline, isoquinoline, pyrazine, quinoxaline, phenazine, phenanthridine, and acridine, the heterocycle comprising at least one substituent selected from the group consisting of phenyl, benzyl, phenethyl, 3-phenylpropyl, and benzyloxy.
US Pat. No. 10,138,376

REDUCED TRACKING, REDUCED CURING TIME ASPHALT EMULSION AND METHOD OF MAKING AND USING SAME

TexTile Rubber and Chemic...

1. An emulsion comprising:a continuous phase comprising water; and
a discontinuous phase comprising an asphalt composition and a vinyl acetate-ethylene (“VAE”) copolymer, wherein the vinyl acetate-ethylene copolymer comprises about 60% to about 95% by weight vinyl acetate monomers and about 5% to about 40% by weight ethylene monomers and wherein when the emulsion is cured, the cured asphalt composition has a penetration value of about 50 dmm to about 100 dmm and wherein the asphalt composition has a softening point of about 118 to less than 140° F.
US Pat. No. 10,137,098

TRANSDERMAL PREPARATION

TEIKOKU SEIYAKU CO., LTD....

1. A transdermal absorption preparation comprising:silodosin or a salt thereof, or tamsulosin or a salt thereof as an active ingredient,
an acrylic pressure-sensitive adhesive that comprises a copolymer of at least one (meth)acrylic acid monomer and at least one vinyl monomer and that contains a carboxyl group, and
at least one transdermal absorption promoting agent selected from the group consisting of oleyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol, and lauromacrogol,
wherein the vinyl monomer comprises at least one selected from the group consisting of vinyl acetate, N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone, acrylamide, dimethylacrylamide, diethylacrylamide, methacrylamide, N-methylolacrylamide, glycidyl acrylate, and glycidyl methacrylate, and
wherein the transdermal absorption preparation does not include fatty acid ester and/or fatty acid amide.
US Pat. No. 10,137,104

COMBINATION THERAPY WITH AN ANTI-HYALURONAN AGENT AND THERAPEUTIC AGENT

Halozyme, Inc., San Dieg...

1. A method for treating pancreatic cancer, comprising administering to a subject:a) a composition comprising a soluble PH20 hyaluronidase, wherein the soluble PH20 hyaluronidase is PEGylated; and
b) a composition comprising a tumor-targeted taxane that is nab-paclitaxel or nab-docetaxel, wherein:
the subject has pancreatic cancer;
the soluble PH20 hyaluronidase comprises a sequence of amino acid residues that has at least 95% sequence identity to the sequence of amino acid residues set forth in SEQ ID NO: 4; and
the composition comprising the PEGylated soluble PH20 hyaluronidase, and the composition comprising the tumor-targeted taxane are administered separately in two compositions or are administered in a single composition.
US Pat. No. 10,138,403

COMPOSITION FOR HEAT CYCLE SYSTEM AND HEAT CYCLE SYSTEM

AGC Inc., Chiyoda-ku (JP...

1. A composition for a heat cycle system comprising:a working medium for heat cycle comprising 1-chloro-2,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene; and
a stabilizer suppressing deterioration of the working medium for heat cycle, wherein the stabilizer is at least one selected from the group consisting of nitromethane, 1,4-benzoquinone, 3-methoxyphenol, and phenothiazine.
US Pat. No. 10,137,151

THERAPEUTIC DETOXIFICATION COMPOSITIONS AND METHODS OF MAKING AND USING SAME

IMMUTRIX THERAPEUTICS, IN...

1. An extracorporeal apparatus for use in the treatment of an autoimmune disease, the extracorporeal apparatus comprising:a first column comprising a first composition comprising a first bimodal synthetic carbon particle;
a second column comprising a second composition comprising a second bimodal synthetic carbon particle and an anion exchange resin, the second column being arranged in series subsequent to the first column; and
a third column comprising a third composition comprising a third bimodal synthetic carbon particle and a cation exchange resin, the third column being arranged in series subsequent to the second column, and where the first composition, the second composition, and the third composition each have a bioburden maximum of 20 endotoxin units, are fine particulate free, and are leachables free.
US Pat. No. 10,137,156

COMPOSITION COMPRISING NEURAL CELL AND ELASTIN-LIKE POLYPEPTIDE FOR TREATING PARKINSON'S DISEASE

DAEGU GYEONGBUK INSTITUTE...

1. A composition for increasing survival rate of a neural cell, the composition comprising:a neural cell; and an elastin-like artificial extracellular matrix (REP), wherein the neural cell is a mesencephalon-derived neural stem cell or a mesencephalon-derived neural progenitor cell,
wherein the elastin-like artificial extracellular matrix is [VGRGD(VGVPG)6]n (n=10, 12, 15, or 20) (SEQ ID NO: 4); and
wherein the elastin-like artificial extracellular matrix has a concentration ranging from 40 to 60 ?M and the number of the neural cells is 3×104 to 4×104.
US Pat. No. 10,138,463

SCALABLE PRIMATE PLURIPOTENT STEM CELL AGGREGATE SUSPENSION CULTURE AND DIFFERENTIATION THEREOF

VIACYTE, INC., San Diego...

1. A single chamber rolling bottle comprising primate pluripotent-derived cell aggregates in suspension in a physiologically acceptable medium, wherein the primate pluripotent-derived cell aggregates are derived from a single cell suspension of primate pluripotent stem cells agitated by rotation at a speed between about 3 to about 20 rpm.
US Pat. No. 10,138,472

ENGINEERED NUCLEIC-ACID TARGETING NUCLEIC ACIDS

Caribou Biosciences, Inc....

1. An engineered CRISPR Class 2 cross-type-nucleic-acid targeting nucleic acid (“CRISPR Class 2 cross-type-NATNA”), comprising:a CRISPR Type V Cpf1-associated nucleic-acid targeting nucleic acid, having a 5? end and a 3? end, comprising a spacer element complementary to a Cpf1 nucleic acid target sequence that is in proximity to a Cpf1 PAM (“Cpf1-NATNA”);
a first CRISPR Type II Cas9-associated nucleic-acid targeting nucleic acid, having a 5? end and a 3? end, comprising a spacer element complementary to a Cas9 nucleic acid target sequence that is in proximity to a Cas9 PAM (“first Cas9-NATNA”);
and a second CRISPR Type II Cas9-associated nucleic-acid targeting nucleic acid, having a 5? end and a 3? end, comprising a tracr element (“second Cas9-NATNA”);
wherein the first Cas9-NATNA is covalently connected with the Cpf1-NATNA.

US Pat. No. 10,143,054

LIGHT-EMITTING DIODE DRIVER

DAZZO TECHONOLOGY CORPORA...

1. A light-emitting diode (LED) driver, for driving a plurality of LED strings, the LED driver comprising:a dimming control circuit, for receiving a pulse width modulation (PWM) signal and a clock signal and outputting a dimming signal and a sampling signal, wherein a turn-on time of the sampling signal at high-level is shorter than a clock cycle of the clock signal;
a first error amplifier, coupled to the dimming control circuit, for receiving a feedback voltage, a reference voltage and the dimming signal respectively and outputting a compensating voltage;
a second error amplifier, coupled to the first error amplifier, for receiving the compensating voltage and a ramp signal respectively and outputting a pulse voltage;
a driving controller, coupled to the dimming control circuit and the second error amplifier, for receiving the dimming signal and the pulse voltage respectively and outputting a control signal;
an output stage, coupled to the driving controller, a first terminal of the plurality of LED strings, an input voltage and a ground terminal respectively, for receiving the control signal and the input voltage and generating an output voltage to the plurality of LED strings, wherein a plurality of LED currents flows from the first terminal of the plurality of LED strings to a second terminal of the plurality of LED strings respectively;
a minimum voltage selecting unit, coupled to the second terminal of the plurality of LED strings, for sensing a plurality of LED voltages at the second terminal of the plurality of LED strings and selecting a minimum LED voltage from the plurality of LED voltages; and
a switch unit, coupled to the dimming control circuit, the first error amplifier and the minimum voltage selecting unit respectively and controlled by the sampling signal, for selectively conducting the minimum voltage selecting unit and the first error amplifier, so that the first error amplifier receiving the minimum LED voltage from the minimum voltage selecting unit.

US Pat. No. 10,143,036

MILLIMETER WAVE WIRELESS SYSTEM USING LICENSED AND UNLICENSED FREQUENCY SPRECTRUM

Phazr, Inc., Allen, TX (...

1. A communications device, comprising: a transmitter configured to transmit in an uplink direction a first millimeter wave band signal in an unlicensed frequency spectrum at a low transmit equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP), the transmitter comprising: a first signal processing circuit configured to generate the first millimeter wave band signal; a power amplifier configured to amplify the first millimeter wave band signal; a low gain transmit antenna array configured to transmit the first millimeter wave band signal; a receiver configured to receive from the downlink direction a second millimeter wave band signal in a licensed frequency spectrum at a low receive gain, the receiver comprising: a low receive gain antenna array configured to receive the second millimeter wave band signal; a low noise amplifier configured to amplify the second millimeter wave band signal; a second signal processing circuit configured to process the second millimeter wave band signal.

US Pat. No. 10,143,028

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM TO IMPLEMENT INDEPENDENT WIRELESS CONNECTIONS

Sprint Communications Com...

1. A method of operating a wireless communication system to implement independent wireless connections for data communication services comprising a voice call and a video call, the method comprising:receiving a request indicating one of the data communication services and a User Equipment (UE) Identifier (ID) for a UE indicating a media call and responsively selecting a number of unassigned independent wireless connections and assigned independent wireless connections for the UE based on the UE ID and the data communication service;
configuring multiple wireless communication devices to use the assigned independent wireless connections and reserve the established number of unassigned independent wireless connections with multiple wireless access points and responsively monitoring the assigned independent wireless connections; and
detecting a data communication loss on one or more of the assigned independent wireless connections and responsively selecting ones of the unassigned independent wireless connections and assigning the UE to the selected ones of the unassigned independent wireless connections.

US Pat. No. 10,143,016

METHODS, APPARATUS AND SYSTEMS FOR PERFORMING MULTI-RADIO ACCESS TECHNOLOGY CARRIER AGGREGATION

InterDigital Patent Holdi...

11. A multi-radio access technology (multi-RAT) wireless transmitter/receiver unit (WTRU), comprising:a processor configured to:
configure a primary radio connection of a RAT of a first type associated with a radio resource control (RRC) connection, and
configure a secondary radio connection of a RAT of a second type based on received configuration information of the RAT of the second type, wherein the primary radio connection and the secondary radio connection are associated with the RRC connection; and
a wireless transmit/receive unit configured to:
receive the configuration information to configure the secondary radio connection of the RAT of the second type, and
receive control information related to the RAT of the second type using the primary radio connection,
wherein:
the processor is configured to determine that a radio link failure has occurred on the RAT of the second type, and
the wireless transmit/receive unit is configured to transmit an RRC message using resources of the RAT of the first type based on the determined radio link failure.

US Pat. No. 10,143,004

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR RECEIVING ABS INFORMATION IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method of receiving almost blank subframe (ABS) information by a first cell from a second cell in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:receiving an ABS pattern information element from the second cell; and
determining a subframe used as an ABS by the second cell from the ABS pattern information element,
wherein when the second cell is a cell to which enhanced interference management and traffic adaptation (eIMTA) is not applied, the first cell estimates the ABS pattern information element with reference to downlink (DL) subframes of an uplink/downlink (UL/DL) configuration on a system information block 1 (SIB1) of the second cell, and
wherein when the second cell is a cell to which the eIMTA is applied, the first cell estimates the ABS pattern information element with reference to DL subframes of a DL reference hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) UL/DL configuration of the second cell among the DL reference HARQ UL/DL configuration of the second cell and the UL/DL configuration on the SIB1 of the second cell.

US Pat. No. 10,143,001

MPTCP SCHEDULING

Telefonaktiebolaget LM Er...

1. A method performed in a Multipath Transmission Control Protocol (MPTCP) scheduler which is scheduling a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) flow between a first peer and an MPTCP capable second peer, the method comprising:setting up the TCP flow comprising at least two sub-flows connecting the MPTCP capable second peer, each sub-flow being associated with an address for the MPTCP capable second peer;
receiving external information relating to at least one of the at least two sub-flows, wherein the received external information comprises information that one of the at least two sub-flows will be terminated due to a handover; and
scheduling data in the TCP flow based on the received external information, wherein the scheduling comprises choosing which sub-flow or sub-flows of the at least two sub-flows to schedule the data based on the received external information, and the scheduling comprises choosing another sub-flow without waiting for an acknowledgement when the data has been lost due to termination of the one of the at least two sub-flows due to the handover.

US Pat. No. 10,142,985

OPPORTUNISTIC SECONDARY CHANNEL ACCESS

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A mobile device, comprising:a radio configured to perform wireless communication within a wireless network;
at least one processor coupled to the radio, wherein the at least one processor is configured to cause the mobile device to:
detect, via the radio, a first transmission occupying a first frequency band within an operating bandwidth of the wireless network, wherein the first transmission is transmitted by a remote wireless device, the first transmission occurring during a time window defined for transmission by the remote wireless device, wherein the end of the time window is scheduled to occur later than a scheduled end time of the first transmission;
in response to a determination that the first transmission does not occupy a second, different frequency band within the operating bandwidth of the wireless network, transmit, via the radio, a second transmission occupying the second frequency band concurrent with the first transmission; and
set a duration of the second transmission such that the second transmission will terminate not later than the scheduled end of the time window.

US Pat. No. 10,142,979

METHOD FOR TRANSMITTING DOWNLINK CONTROL CHANNEL IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR MAPPING THE CONTROL CHANNEL TO PHYSICAL RESOURCE USING BLOCK INTERLEAVER IN A MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

LG Electronics Inc., Seo...

1. A method for transmitting a plurality of physical downlink control channels (PDCCHs) in a mobile communication system, the method comprising:inputting symbol groups for the plurality of PDCCHs to a block interleaver;
outputting permuted symbol groups from the block interleaver;
mapping the outputted symbol groups to resource elements allocated for transmitting the plurality of PDCCHs in a subframe; and
transmitting the plurality of PDCCHs in the subframe,
wherein the outputted symbol groups are cyclically shifted using a cell identifier.

US Pat. No. 10,142,947

POWER CONTROL METHOD AND USER EQUIPMENT IN A SYSTEM CONFIGURED WITH SERVING CELLS HAVING D2D SUB-FRAMES

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A power control method, applicable to a system configured with serving cells, comprising:A, calculating, by a user equipment (UE), transmission power required by each of the serving cells configured for the UE, wherein at least one of the serving cells is configured with device to device (D2D) sub-frames;
B, determining, by the UE, a channel or a signal that is possible to be transmitted in each of the serving cells and allocating transmission power for the channel or signal according to conditions of the serving cells configured for the UE and a relation between an amount of total transmission power required by all of the serving cells configured for the UE and an amount of maximum transmission power configured for the UE; and
C, transmitting, by the UE, the channel or signal of a serving cell according to the transmission power allocated to the channel or signal of the serving cell,
wherein the allocating the transmission power for the channel or signal comprises allocating the transmission power for the channel or signal according to a priority for allocating transmission power of the channel or signal of each of the serving cells, and
wherein the priority is determined based on whether the channel or signal is related to D2D service, cellular network communication service, public safety (PS) service, or non-public safety (N-PS) service.

US Pat. No. 10,142,934

WIRELESS COMMUNICATION APPARATUS AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

DENSO CORPORATION, Kariy...

1. A communication system comprising:a wireless communication apparatus communicating with a base station, and
a communication target apparatus communicating with the base station via an Internet, the communication target apparatus communicating with the wireless communication apparatus via the Internet and the base station,
the wireless communication apparatus having a function of waiting for an incoming-call and including, within a reference cycle shared with the communication target apparatus, (i) a sleep state and (ii) an intermittent standby state,
the intermittent standby state being configured to have a plurality of repeated states, each of the repeated states intermittently accepting an incoming-call by containing (i) an incoming-call acceptable state and (ii) an incoming-call unacceptable state,
the sleep state continuing the incoming-call unacceptable state,
the wireless communication apparatus comprising a control circuit configured to:
set the wireless communication apparatus into the intermittent standby state, the intermittent standby state being caused to be contained in an incoming-call acceptance ready time within the reference cycle shared with the communication target apparatus, the incoming-call acceptance ready time ranging from an incoming-call acceptance start time point corresponding to an outgoing-call generation time point at which the communication target apparatus generates an outgoing-call to an incoming-call acceptance end time point which is set based on a delay in the outgoing-call, the delay being caused by communication between the base station and the communication target apparatus via the Internet in addition to communication between the wireless communication apparatus and the base station, and the delay being calculated based on a start time when data is transmitted from the communication target apparatus to the wireless communication apparatus through communication via the Internet and the base station until a stop time when a response message is received by the communication target apparatus from the wireless communication apparatus through communication via the Internet and the base station; and
set the wireless communication apparatus into the sleep state that accepts no incoming-call in a remaining time within the reference cycle excluding the incoming-call acceptance ready time,
the communication target apparatus comprising a computer configured to:
generate an outgoing-call at an outgoing-call generation time point that is preset as a time point of generating an outgoing-call to the wireless communication apparatus within the reference cycle that is shared with the wireless communication apparatus, when transmitting any information to the wireless communication apparatus via the base station;
determine whether a response to an outgoing-call generated by the communication target apparatus itself is received from the wireless communication apparatus via the base station; and
generate an outgoing-call again at a time point obtained by adding or subtracting a preset predetermined time to or from a next outgoing-call generation time point, respectively, when the computer determines that no response to the outgoing-call is received from the wireless communication apparatus via the base station.

US Pat. No. 10,142,926

METHOD AND USER EQUIPMENT FOR SELECTING NETWORK AND PERFORMING TRAFFIC ROUTING

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for performing network selection and traffic routing, the method comprising:receiving, by a user equipment (UE), an Inter-System Routing Policy (ISRP) rule;
receiving, by the UE from a base station, radio access network (RAN) assistance information,
wherein the received RAN assistance information is used to evaluate the ISRP rule;
evaluating, by the UE, whether the ISRP rule is valid or not by using the received RAN assistance information; and
selecting, by the UE, one of the received ISRP rule and the received RAN assistance information to be utilized for performing network selection and traffic routing.

US Pat. No. 10,142,921

WIRELESS NETWORK SERVICE TRANSACTION PROTOCOL

BlackBerry Limited, Wate...

1. A method for an access point of a wireless local area network (“WLAN”), the method comprising:receiving from a wireless communication device, a service information request comprising service information, wherein the service information request is part of an advertisement protocol, and the service information identifies a requested service using a string; and
transmitting, prior to an association between the wireless communication device and the WLAN, a service information response;
wherein the service information response notifies the wireless communication device if a service matching the requested service is not found.

US Pat. No. 10,142,910

GLOBAL COMMUNICATION NETWORK

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

17. A communication system comprising:a data processing device in communication with:
a source ground station;
a constellation of communication devices comprising groups of communication devices orbiting earth, each group having an orbital path or trajectory different from another group, a first communication device of a first group of communication devices in communication with the source ground station;
a linking-gateway in communication with the first group of communication devices and a second group of communication devices; and
a destination ground station in communication with the second group of communication devices,
wherein the data processing device is configured to perform operations comprising:
determining a communication path of a communication from the source ground station to the destination ground station through the constellation of communication devices and the linking-gateway based on a border gateway protocol that requires the linking-gateway to periodically inform of topology changes, wherein the communication path is based on a direction and a distance between at least two communication devices along the communication path, the direction being a measure of a cost to reach the destination ground station;
instructing the source ground station to send the communication to the first communication device of the first group of communication devices;
instructing the first group of communication devices to send the communication to the linking-gateway;
instructing the linking-gateway to send the communication to a second communication device of the second group of communication devices; and
instructing the second group of communication devices to send the communication to the destination ground station.

US Pat. No. 10,142,908

DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION ROUTING BASED ON CONSISTENCY WEIGHTING AND ROUTING RULES

LIVEPERSON, INC., New Yo...

1. A computer-implemented method, comprising:receiving, at a computing device, a communication including content data;
storing the communication in a primary queue, wherein the primary queue includes a plurality of queue positions for storing a plurality of communications, and wherein the communication is stored at a queue position of the plurality of queue positions in the primary queue;
retrieving the communication from the queue position of the primary queue;
analyzing the communication, wherein analyzing includes parsing the content data for a keyword, and wherein the keyword corresponds to a secondary queue;
storing the communication in the secondary queue, wherein the secondary queue is associated with one or more terminal devices;
identifying a terminal device associated with the secondary queue, wherein the terminal device is associated with an agent;
identifying an availability of the agent associated with the terminal device, wherein the availability indicates a response latency associated with the agent; and
determining whether to route the communication to the terminal device, wherein determining includes evaluating whether the response latency satisfies an agent consistency threshold, and wherein when the agent consistency threshold is satisfied, the communication is routed to the terminal device despite the indicated response latency.

US Pat. No. 10,142,907

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DYNAMICALLY COMBINING CELLS, NETWORK DEVICE, AND SYSTEM

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A method, comprising:determining that a quantity of user equipments (UEs) in a target cell are in a high-speed movement state, wherein the target cell and a first neighboring cell of the target cell are cells distributed along a high-speed movement path, and the high-speed movement state includes that each UE of the quantity of UEs is in a connected mode and has a movement speed greater than a preset threshold;
determining that the quantity of UEs in the high-speed movement state in the target cell is greater than a first preset quantity;
combining the target cell with the first neighboring cell to form a combined cell; and
sending data to one or more UEs of the quantity of UEs in the high-speed movement state by using the combined cell.

US Pat. No. 10,142,906

CELLULAR COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH MOVING BASE STATIONS AND METHODS AND APPARATUS USEFUL IN CONJUNCTION THEREWITH

ELTA SYSTEMS LTD., Ashdo...

1. A mobile communication network system operative in conjunction with a core network including a core device and at least one static base station, the system operative in conjunction with a plurality of base stations; anda population of mobile stations communicating via antennae with the base stations;
the system comprising:
at least one moving base station which communicates via antennae with the mobile stations and includes base station functionality, a first radio manager and mobile station functionality all co-located with the base station functionality,
the base station functionality having a physical back-connection to the first radio manager, the first radio manager having a physical connection with the mobile station functionality, the mobile station functionality communicating via antennae with at least one selectable static base station,
wherein the first radio manager comprises:
a radio resource manager; and
functionality for receiving information from, and sending information to, other radio managers, respectively co-located with other moving base stations, and for using the information received from other radio managers to determine whether to reject at least one mobile station seeking to be served by an individual base station associated with the individual co-located radio manager,
wherein the information used to determine whether to reject includes at least one of the following:
location of said at least one moving base station; and
statistics regarding measurements of link quality,
wherein said information received from other radio managers and used to determine whether to reject comprises information regarding qualities of respective connections of respectively co-located radio managers back to the core network,
wherein said other radio manager is operative to compute, for at least one individual mobile station, route comparison information including a plurality of routes of base stations via which the individual mobile station can communicate with the core network and at least one parameter characterizing the relative quality of each of said routes and to communicate to said individual mobile station information indicative of said route comparison information, and
wherein said parameter characterizing route quality is a combination of measured qualities of route sections and fluctuations thereof such that route sections with larger fluctuating quality measurements are devalued due to their unpredictability relative to route sections with smaller fluctuating quality measurements.

US Pat. No. 10,142,904

MOBILE TERMINAL CONTROL METHOD AND MOBILE TERMINAL

Huawei Technologies Co., ...

1. A method, comprising:obtaining, by a mobile terminal, measurement configuration information from an access network element corresponding to a serving cell via a radio resource control (RRC) connection between the mobile terminal and the access network element, wherein the measurement configuration information includes a configuration about a measurement reporting event;
measuring, by the mobile terminal, a target cell according to the measurement configuration information, to obtain a measurement result of the target cell;
initiating, by the mobile terminal, connection establishment to an access network element corresponding to the target cell when, based on the indication information:
the mobile terminal determines, according to the measurement result and indication information, that the measurement result meets an entering condition of a measurement reporting event corresponding to the indication information, or
the mobile terminal generates a measurement report according to the measurement result, and the mobile terminal determines that the measurement report is a measurement report of a measurement reporting event corresponding to indication information, or
the mobile terminal determines, according to the measurement result and indication information, that the measurement result meets an entering condition of a measurement reporting event corresponding to the indication information, and the mobile terminal generates a measurement report of the measurement reporting event corresponding to the indication information; and
wherein the indication information is obtained by the mobile terminal in advance from the access network element corresponding to the serving cell.

US Pat. No. 10,142,889

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING GUARANTEED QUALITY OF SERVICE AND QUALITY OF EXPERIENCE CHANNEL

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. An apparatus for use with a communication network, comprising a network interface configured to transmit and receive control plane messages and processing circuitry, the apparatus configured to:receive quality parameters using the network interface, the quality parameters indicative of a quality of experience level measured in association with delivery of a service to the UE via the communication network during a prior period; and
transmit a control plane message using the network interface, the control plane message indicative of an effective bit rate which is determined at the apparatus based on the quality parameters, wherein the effective bit rate is a communication network user plane bit rate which, when used in delivery of the service, is expected to result in a desired quality of experience level of the service;
wherein the effective bit rate conveyed via the control plane message is used by one or more devices in the communication network to adjust network operations associated with delivery of the service, wherein adjusting network operations comprises reserving user plane resources to support the effective bit rate.

US Pat. No. 10,142,871

DEVICE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR OPTIMIZATIONS TO CAMP ONLY MODE

APPLE INC., Cupertino, C...

1. A method, comprising:at a device that is configured to establish a first connection to a wireless local area network (WLAN) and configured to establish a second connection to a cellular network:
determining a connectivity status of the device; and
when the connectivity status indicates that the device has established the first connection to the WLAN, utilizing a camp-only mode to monitor the cellular network the camp-only mode reducing a frequency of performing at least one type of operation associated with the cellular network based on the indication that the first connection to the WLAN has been established, the camp-only mode configured to retain a capability of determining whether an emergency message is being broadcast over the cellular network, wherein the at least one type of operation comprises an increase to a paging cycle, the paging cycle defining a time interval in which a page from the cellular network is received.

US Pat. No. 10,142,863

OPTIMIZATION OF MOBILE TRAFFIC DIRECTED TO PRIVATE NETWORKS AND OPERATOR CONFIGURABILITY THEREOF

Seven Networks, LLC, Mar...

1. A method of optimizing mobile traffic on a mobile device connected to a server and subscribed to an operator of a public Internet Protocol (IP) network comprising:hosting a first mobile application and a second mobile application;
receiving a network policy originating from within a private IP network, wherein the private IP network is owned by an operator of the public IP network and policy enforcement related to the network policy is performed to conserve battery of the mobile device;
identifying the public IP network and the private IP network accessed by mobile traffic at the mobile device;
detecting outgoing traffic from one of the first or second mobile application executing on the mobile device;
assigning a priority level to the outgoing traffic, wherein the priority level is based on an application status, and wherein the priority level is one of a first priority corresponding to the first mobile application and a second priority corresponding to the second mobile application;
sending first priority outgoing traffic to an application server bypassing a distributed proxy system, including at least a client side proxy component on the mobile device and a server side proxy on a host server;
intercepting second priority outgoing traffic at a client side proxy of the distributed proxy system;
determining whether a network destination of the second priority outgoing traffic is within (i) the public IP network or (ii) the private IP network;
performing optimization based on the network policy of the second priority outgoing traffic to conserve battery and radio usage when (i) or (ii) is affirmative and sending the optimized outgoing traffic to the network destination; and sending the second priority outgoing traffic to the application server without optimization at the client side proxy when neither (i) nor (ii) is affirmative.

US Pat. No. 10,142,859

ROUTING METHOD AND ROUTING APPARATUS

HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., ...

1. A routing method, comprising:receiving, by a first mobility router, a first data packet sent by a first mobile node to a first communication peer end, wherein the first mobility router is a mobility router in a visited network of the first mobile node, and the first data packet comprises an address of the first communication peer end;
acquiring, by the first mobility router, an address of a proxy routing entity based on the address of the first communication peer end, wherein the proxy routing entity is located in a communication path between the first mobility router and the first communication peer end;
establishing, by the first mobility router, a second tunnel to a second mobility router, wherein the second mobility router is a mobility router in a home network of the first mobile node;
establishing, by the first mobility router, a first tunnel to the proxy routing entity based on the address of the proxy routing entity;
before completing establishment of the first tunnel, transmitting, by the first mobility router, the first data packet between the first mobile node and the first communication peer end by using the second tunnel; and
transmitting, by the first mobility router by using the first tunnel, a subsequent data packet that follows the first data packet and is sent by the first communication peer end to the first mobile node.

US Pat. No. 10,142,844

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AUTHORIZING PEDESTRIAN USER EQUIPMENT IN WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

LG ELECTRONICS INC., Seo...

1. A method for receiving authorization information for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication by an eNodeB (eNB) in a wireless communication system, the method comprising:receiving, by the eNB from a mobility management entity (MME) via a UE context modification request message or a path switch request acknowledge message, pedestrian user equipment (UE) authorization information for a pedestrian user equipment (UE) which indicates whether or not a UE, connected to the eNB, is authorized as a pedestrian UE;
updating, by the eNB, V2X services authorization information for the UE by using the pedestrian UE authorization information; and
if the pedestrian UE authorization information indicates that the UE is not authorized as the pedestrian UE, initiating, by the eNB, actions to ensure that the UE is no longer accessing V2X services as the pedestrian UE.

US Pat. No. 10,142,841

CONFIGURATION FOR MULTI-FACTOR EVENT AUTHORIZATION

Disney Enterprises, Inc.,...

1. A computer program product comprising a non-transitory computer readable storage device having a computer readable program stored thereon, wherein the computer readable program when executed on a computer causes the computer to:receive, at an authorization device, a message from a content server through a network based upon a first factor of authorization being completed by a smart playback device requesting playback of content associated with a user account, the authorization device being a mobile device associated with a user corresponding to the user account, the authorization device being distinct from the smart playback device, the authorization device and the smart playback device being registered with the user account, the first factor of authorization comprising a login credential associated with the user account for the smart playback device, the login credential comprising a username;
receive, at the authorization device, a user input indicating an approval of the requested playback;
send, from the authorization device, a playback authorization message and a third factor of authorization through the network to the content server, the playback authorization message being based upon the approval, the playback authorization message being a second factor of authorization that is at least used by the content server in conjunction with the first factor of authorization and the third factor of authorization to generate a user authentication that is provided to the smart playback device to allow the smart playback device to playback the content, the third factor of authorization comprising a user input associated with a challenge.

US Pat. No. 10,142,825

COMMUNICATION APPARATUS COMMUNICATING WITH EXTERNAL APPARATUS BY WIRELESS COMMUNICATION, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING COMMUNICATION APPARATUS, AND STORAGE MEDIUM

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. A communication apparatus comprising:a first wireless communication unit;
a second wireless communication unit; and
a control unit,
wherein the control unit is configured to perform control
to periodically transmit an advertise from the second communication unit,
upon receiving a response to the advertise by the second wireless communication unit, to start connection processing for getting connected to an external device via the second wireless communication unit,
to share with the external apparatus a communication parameter to be used for communication via the first wireless communication unit after starting the connection processing,
to notify a user of completion of the connection processing after completion of processing for sharing with the external apparatus, the communication parameter to be used for communication via the first wireless communication unit, and
such that a service executable via the second wireless communication unit is not available for use until the completion of the processing for sharing with the external apparatus the communication parameter to be used for communication via the first wireless communication unit.

US Pat. No. 10,142,811

MESSAGING SERVICE APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE

Zeta Global Corp., New Y...

1. A system comprising:one or more processors and executable instructions accessible on a computer-readable medium that, when executed, cause the one or more processors to perform operations comprising:
receiving, from a client application executing on a client device, a message transmission request including a telephone number assigned to a recipient device;
adding the message transmission request to an outbound queue based on determining the message transmission request is valid;
causing transmission of a message to the recipient device based on the message transmission request being included in the outbound queue;
obtaining status information specifying a status of transmission of the message, the status information including an indication of successful transmission of the message; and
storing a record of the message transmission request in a machine-readable medium responsive to the causing the transmission of the message, the storing the record including storing the message and the indication of successful transmission of the message.

US Pat. No. 10,142,789

RECONFIGURABLE SENSOR UNIT FOR ELECTRONIC DEVICE

STMicroelectronics, Inc.,...

1. A sensor chip mounted on a printed circuit board (PCB) and electrically coupled to a system on chip (SoC) mounted on the PCB via at least one conductive trace, the sensor chip comprising:at least one sensing device; and
a control circuit configured to:
receive configuration data as input, the configuration data including a feature configuration and a classification configuration;
acquire data from the at least one sensing device;
compute features of the data based on the data and the feature configuration;
classify a context of the sensor chip relative to its surroundings based on the computed features of the data and in accordance with the classification configuration, and
output the context.

US Pat. No. 10,142,787

TRACKING LARGE NUMBERS OF WIRELESS TERMINALS BASED ON PREDICTING WHEN TO ISSUE LOCATION REQUESTS

Polaris Wireless, Inc., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a data-processing system, a first non-empty set of user location information (ULI) data for a first subscriber;
identifying, by the data-processing system, a plurality of clusters for the first subscriber, by performing a cluster analysis on the first set of ULI data such that the clusters in the plurality of clusters are representative of location of the first subscriber and are identified as a function of time, wherein the plurality of clusters comprises a first cluster that is associated with a first location and a first time of day and a second cluster that is associated with a second time of day;
estimating, by the data-processing system, when the location of the first subscriber exceeds a predefined, non-zero level of uncertainty, as a function of time, based on the plurality of clusters for the first subscriber, wherein the estimating of when the location exceeds the predefined level of uncertainty comprises estimating, based on the first and second cluster, the location of the first subscriber at a third time of day; and
transmitting, by the data-processing system, a first location request to a location engine, corresponding to the first subscriber, wherein the transmitting of the first location request is based on an estimate of when the location exceeds the predefined level of uncertainty.

US Pat. No. 10,142,783

ADAPTIVE LOCATION SHARING BASED ON PROXIMITY

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method, implemented in one or more servers having one or more processors, for providing adaptive location sharing based on proximity, the method comprising:identifying a group of one or more people associated with a target person,
setting a location sharing mode to one of a plurality of available sharing modes based on one or more inputs provided by the target person,
wherein the plurality of available sharing modes includes at least a first sharing mode and a second sharing mode,
wherein, in the first sharing mode, current geographic locations of the target person can be shared with at least a first remote monitoring device regardless of proximity between the target person and any person in the group, and
wherein, in the second sharing mode, current geographic locations of the target person (i) can be shared with at least the first remote monitoring device when the target person is not proximate to any person of the group, and (ii) cannot be shared with at least the first remote monitoring device when the target person is proximate to one or more people of the group; and
based on the location sharing mode and, when in the second sharing mode, whether the target person is currently proximate to one or more people of the group, either (i) sharing current geographic locations of the target person with at least the first remote monitoring device or (ii) sharing a location-based status of the target person with at least the first remote monitoring device, wherein the location-based status does not specify any geographic location;
wherein sharing the location-based status with at least the first remote monitoring device includes (i) sending a message including the location-based status to the first remote monitoring device for display to a user, or (ii) sending, to the first remote monitoring device, data that triggers display of the location-based status.

US Pat. No. 10,142,775

IDENTIFYING MOBILE DEVICE LOCATION AND CORRESPONDING SUPPORT CENTER LOCATIONS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT SERVICES OVER A NETWORK

KASEYA LIMITED, Dublin (...

1. A method, comprising:identifying a present location of a mobile device and a current service center assigned to the mobile device;
assigning the mobile device to a new service center location at a remote location from the current service center location based on:
determining whether a current status of a support session indicates that the support session is near completion;
maintaining the current support session with the current support center if the support session is near completion; and
reassigning the support session to the new service center location which is closer in distance if the support session is not near completion.

US Pat. No. 10,142,773

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATICALLY DETECTING AND INITIATING A WALK

MARS, INCORPORATED, McLe...

1. A method for detecting the start of a walk event, the method comprising:identifying the location of a wearable device;
determining that the wearable device has exited a geo-fence zone, the geo-fence zone comprising a plurality of latitude and longitude points defining a polygonal region;
determining that the wearable device is not connected to a wireless network;
detecting that a wearable device is in a walk mode if it is determined that the wearable device has exited the geo-fence zone and that the wearable device is not connected to the wireless network;
retrieving current environment details associated with the wearable device;
retrieving past walk environment details associated with the wearable device;
comparing the current environment details to the past walk environment details to identify at least one similarity between the current environment details and past walk environment details;
confirming that the wearable device is in the walk mode upon identifying at least one similarity between the current environment details and the past walk environment details using a predictive function, the predictive function refined using the one or more previous responses to a walk mode prompt;
enabling a GPS receiver;
continuously recording the location of the wearable device received from the GPS receiver while the wearable device is in a walk mode; and
transmitting the recorded location of the wearable device while the wearable device is in a walk mode.

US Pat. No. 10,142,770

LOCATION-BASED SOCIAL SOFTWARE FOR MOBILE DEVICES

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for communicating location information to a device, comprising:receiving, at a computer system that implements a social networking service, an electronic message from a first user;
associating, by the computer system, the received message with a profile associated with the first user and maintained by the social networking service, the profile identifying other users who are acquaintances in the social network of the first user;
identifying devices of other users who are identified as being acquaintances of the first user; and
sending, from the computer system that implements the social networking service and to devices of the other users, a message that is generated based at least in part on the received electronic message from the first user,
wherein the message is sent to other users for display in chronological order with other messages sent to the other users from others of their acquaintances.

US Pat. No. 10,142,762

INTELLIGENT DYNAMIC SOUNDSCAPE ADAPTATION

Plantronics, Inc., Santa...

1. A method comprising:receiving a microphone output signal from a microphone, the microphone one of a plurality of microphones in an open space;
detecting a presence of a noise source from the microphone output signal;
determining whether the noise source is capable of being masked with a noise masking sound, wherein determining whether the noise source is capable of being masked with the noise masking sound comprises determining a signal-to-noise ratio from the microphone output signal or determining a loudness level of the noise source; and
increasing a volume of a noise masking sound output from a loudspeaker responsive to a determination that the noise source is capable of being masked, the loudspeaker located in a same geographic sub-unit of the open space as the microphone, the loudspeaker one of a plurality of loudspeakers in the open space.

US Pat. No. 10,142,757

TRANSMISSION DEVICE, TRANSMISSION METHOD, RECEPTION DEVICE, AND RECEPTION METHOD

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A transmission device comprising:encoder circuitry configured to
generate a transport stream including a predetermined number of audio streams and a video stream, the predetermined number of audio streams including first encoded data and a predetermined number of groups of second encoded data which is related to the first encoded data, the second encoded data being encoded data of an immersive audio object and a speech dialog object, and the predetermined number of groups including at least a switch group, and
insert in a layer of a container associated with a program map table, identification information for the second encoded data and attribute information indicating attributes of the second encoded data in an audio elementary stream loop corresponding to the audio streams and a video elementary stream loop corresponding to the video stream, the program map table being included as program specific information indicating a program to which the video stream included in the transport stream belongs; and
a transmitter configured to transmit the container in a predetermined format including the generated predetermined number of audio streams,
wherein the encoder circuitry generates the predetermined number of audio streams so that the second encoded data is discarded in a receiver which is not compatible with the second encoded data.

US Pat. No. 10,142,755

SIGNAL PROCESSING METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR RENDERING AUDIO ON VIRTUAL LOUDSPEAKER ARRAYS

Google LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method of rendering sound fields in a left ear and a right ear of a human listener, the sound fields being produced by a plurality of virtual loudspeakers, the method comprising:obtaining, by processing circuitry of a sound rendering computer configured to render the sound fields in the left ear and the right ear of the head of the human listener, a plurality of head-related impulse responses (HRIRs), each of the plurality of HRIRs being associated with a virtual loudspeaker of the plurality of virtual loudspeakers and the left or right ear of the human listener, each of the plurality of HRIRs including samples of a sound field produced at a specified sampling rate in the left or right ear produced in response to an audio impulse produced by that virtual loudspeaker;
generating a first state space representation of each of the plurality of HRIRs, the first state space representation including a matrix, a column vector, and a row vector, each of the matrix, the column vector, and the row vector of the first state space representation having a first size;
performing a state space reduction operation to produce a second state space representation of each of the plurality of HRIRs, the second state space representation including a matrix, a column vector, and a row vector, each of the matrix, the column vector, and the row vector of the second state space representation having a second size that is less than the first size; and
producing a plurality of head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) based on the second state space representation, each of the plurality of HRTFs corresponding to a respective HRIR of the plurality of HRIRs, an HRTF corresponding to the respective HRIR producing, upon multiplication by a frequency-domain sound field produced by the virtual loudspeaker with which the respective HRIR is associated, a component of the sound field rendered in the left or right ear of the human listener.

US Pat. No. 10,142,753

ELECTROACOUSTIC CONVERSION CHAIN WITH SELECTIVELY POWERED COIL

Devialet, Paris (FR)

1. An electroacoustic conversion chain comprisingat least one loudspeaker, this loudspeaker comprising at least one magnet for generating a magnetic field in a magnetic circuit having an air gap and a membrane secured to turns of conducting material which may be moved in this air gap;
at least one control module comprising at least one input conveying a signal to be broadcast and at least one output connected to at least a turn, the control module being able to:
apply to the at least one output an excitation signal based on the position of at least one turn relative to the air gap of the at least one turn connected to the output; and
apply on each turn, a weaker amplitude of the excitation signal when this turn is moved away from the air gap,
wherein the chain comprises turns positioned in succession and electrically connected so as to form at least two coils positioned successively, and
wherein each output of the control module being connected to a single coil.

US Pat. No. 10,142,750

SWAPPING ROLES BETWEEN UNTETHERED WIRELESSLY CONNECTED DEVICES

Apple Inc., Cupertino, C...

1. A method comprising:by a first wireless ear bud:
establishing, between the first wireless ear bud and a companion device, a wireless connection for communicating audio data between the companion device and the first wireless ear bud, wherein the wireless connection utilizes a first communication protocol for transferring asynchronous session data and a second communication protocol for transferring synchronous session data;
creating an additional wireless connection between the first wireless ear bud and a second wireless ear bud;
assigning the first wireless ear bud to a primary role;
detecting a triggering event; and
initiating a role swap responsive to the triggering event, the role swap comprising:
requesting the companion device to temporarily stop transmitting at least a portion of the audio data when utilizing the first communication protocol for transferring the audio data as asynchronous session data, but allowing the companion device to continue transmitting the synchronous session data when utilizing the second communication protocol;
transmitting state information from the first wireless ear bud to the second wireless ear bud;
replacing the first wireless ear bud with the second wireless ear bud in the established wireless connection;
assigning the second wireless ear bud to the primary role; and
requesting the companion device to transmit the at least a portion of the audio data to the second wireless ear bud utilizing the first communication protocol.

US Pat. No. 10,142,745

HEARING DEVICE COMPRISING AN OWN VOICE DETECTOR

1. A hearing device adapted for being arranged at least partly on a user's head or at least partly implanted in a user's head, the hearing device comprisingan input unit for providing a multitude of electric input signals representing sound in the environment of the user,
a signal processing unit providing a processed signal based on one or more of said multitude of electric input signals, and
an output unit comprising an output transducer for converting said processed signal or a signal originating therefrom to a stimulus perceivable by said user as sound;
the input unit comprising
at least one first input transducer for picking up a sound signal from the environment and providing respective at least one first electric input signal, and a first signal strength detector for providing a first signal strength estimate of the at least one first electric input signal, the at least one first input transducer being located on the head, away from the ear canal of the user;
a second input transducer for picking up a sound signal from the environment and providing a second electric input signal, and a second signal strength detector for providing a second signal strength estimate of the second electric input signal, the second input transducer being located at or in an ear canal of the user, the hearing device further comprising
an own voice detector comprising
a comparison unit operationally coupled to the first and second signal strength detectors and configured to compare the first and second signal strength estimates, and to provide a signal strength comparison measure indicative of the difference between said signal strength estimates; and
a control unit for providing an own voice detection signal indicative of a user's own voice being present or not present in the current sound in the environment of the user, the own voice detection signal being dependent on said signal strength comparison measure.

US Pat. No. 10,142,737

MINI LOUDSPEAKER

GOERTEK INC., Weifang, S...

1. A mini loudspeaker, comprising a shell, and a vibration system and a magnetic circuit system which are received in the shell, whereinthe shell is made up by jointing at least two shell bodies, a protruding sealing portion is provided on a first shell body of the shell bodies at a portion where the first shell body is sealed with a second shell body of the shell bodies, the sealing portion is formed integrally with the first shell body by bi-color injection molding process, material of the sealing portion has a hardness smaller than the hardness of material of the first shell body, and the sealing portion has a compressibility; and
the first shell body is further provided with a jointing component configured to join the first shell body to the second shell body of the shell bodies and the jointing component is arranged at an outer side of the sealing portion, and the jointing component and the sealing portion are located on the same side of the first shell body.

US Pat. No. 10,142,726

NOISE REDUCTION FOR HIGH-AIRFLOW AUDIO TRANSDUCERS

Sonos, Inc., Santa Barba...

1. A playback device comprising:an enclosure defining an interior portion including a first interior volume and a second interior volume, the enclosure comprising:
a front surface; and
a side surface,
a speaker disposed within the interior portion of the enclosure and comprising a diaphragm dividing the first interior volume and the second interior volume;
a first speaker vent in the front surface having a first cross-sectional area, wherein first speaker vent is configured to direct a first airflow from the first interior volume to an exterior of the enclosure at a first airspeed and in a first direction toward an expected listener location; and
a second speaker vent in the side surface having a second cross-sectional area, wherein second speaker vent is configured to direct a second airflow from the first interior volume to the exterior of the enclosure at a second airspeed and in a second direction away from the expected listener location, and wherein the second airspeed is greater than the first airspeed.

US Pat. No. 10,142,724

SOUND OUTPUT DEVICES

MAKITA CORPORATION, Anjo...

1. A sound output device comprising:a sound output unit configured to output sound to an exterior, wherein the sound output unit comprises a magnet and voice coil;
a battery attachment unit to which an electric tool battery is attached, wherein the battery attachment unit comprises an electrical contact terminal and a female hook formed by recesses for attaching the battery; and
a case configured to support the sound output unit and the battery attachment unit, wherein:
the case includes a first inner wall structure configured to define a first inner space accommodating the sound output unit, and a second inner wall structure configured to define a second inner space different from the first inner space, and the second inner wall structure is configured to resonate the sound output of the sound output unit,
the first inner space and the second inner space are divided from each other by a partition, and
the partition has an elastic partition formed so as to be capable of vibration upon receiving the sound output of the sound output unit.

US Pat. No. 10,142,713

DYNAMIC SELECTION OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION BASES

Verizon Patent and Licens...

1. A method comprising:transmitting, by an optical line terminal and to an optical network unit of a passive optical network, a first message that queries the optical network unit for one or more managed information bases supported by the optical network unit;
receiving, by the optical line terminal and responsive to the first message, a second message from the optical network unit, which indicates the one or more managed information bases supported by the optical network unit;
comparing, by the optical line terminal and based on the receiving, one or more managed information bases supported by the optical line terminal with the one or more managed information bases supported by the optical network unit;
selecting, by the optical line terminal and based on the comparing, one of the one or more managed information bases supported by the optical line terminal that is also supported by the optical network unit;
transmitting, by the optical line terminal and based on the selecting, a third message to the optical network unit, which indicates the selected one of the one or more managed information bases supported by the optical line terminal and also supported by the optical network unit;
receiving, by the optical line terminal and responsive to the third message, a fourth message from the optical network unit, which indicates whether the selected one of the one or more managed information bases is successfully instantiated; and
selecting, by the optical line terminal, another one of managed information bases supported by the optical network unit when the fourth message indicates that the selected one of the one or more managed information bases is not successfully instantiated by the optical network unit.

US Pat. No. 10,142,710

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVISION OF A SECOND LINE SERVICE TO A TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE

Movius Interactive Corpor...

1. A method for routing communications between a first station and a second station through a voice channel based communication network, wherein the first station includes a cellular service provider number and a second line service (SLS) number provided to a subscriber for use with the first station, and the second station includes a cellular service provider number, the method comprising the actions of:receiving a communication at a network switch, the communication being sent by an SLS subscriber from the first station and being directed to a network recognizable and dialed number terminable at an SLS platform;
the network switch querying the SLS platform with the dialed number;
receiving at the network switch from the SLS platform an SLS number to be identified as an originating number for the communication and the cellular service provider number associated with the second station as the destination for the communication; and
routing the communication by connecting through a network switch of the first station and a network switch of the second station, a communication channel to the service provider number associated with the second station and populating a Caller Identification (CLID) with the SLS number.

US Pat. No. 10,142,704

DEVICE SPECIFIC LOGO ACTIVATION

DISH Technologies L.L.C.,...

12. A method, comprising:generating, by a television receiver, an output signal for use by a display device, wherein the output signal encodes for an electronic programming guide that includes a menu item for selection of logos to be displayed on a digital display screen located at a surface of a housing of the television receiver, wherein the display device is a separate device from the digital display screen, and wherein the digital display screen includes heat-sensitive material;
detecting, by the television receiver, input corresponding to selection of the menu item;
modifying, by the television receiver, the output signal to generate, from the electronic programming guide, a logo selection menu for identifying a logo to be displayed on the digital display screen;
detecting, by the television receiver, input corresponding to selection of a particular logo;
detecting, by the television receiver, a command to activate the particular logo for display on the digital display screen;
obtaining, by the television receiver in response to receiving the command, an instruction set corresponding to the particular logo, wherein the instruction set includes commands for outputting the particular logo on the digital display screen; and
outputting, by the television receiver and on the digital display screen, a digital logo image corresponding to the particular logo, wherein outputting includes causing current to pass through a resistive ladder network adjacent to the surface of the housing to heat the heat-sensitive material and modify the chemical make-up of the digital display screen.

US Pat. No. 10,142,700

TELEVISION SERVICE PROVIDED SOCIAL NETWORKING SERVICE

DISH Technologies L.L.C.,...

1. A system for providing a social networking service by a television service provider, the system comprising:a service provider system interfacing with a network and comprising:
one or more processors; and
non-transitory storage media communicatively coupled with and readable by the one or more processors and comprising instructions, which when executed by the one or more processors, cause the one or more processors to:
process information enabling digital identification of a first subscriber of the social networking service;
process a set of indications of program ratings of a plurality of television programs, the set of indications being received, via the network, from a first media device associated with the first subscriber and consequent to one or more selections of a first set of user-selectable options to rate the plurality of television programs provided with a television receiver of the first media device, the first set of user-selectable options output to a first display of the first media device;
receive a communication from the first media device, wherein the communication includes search parameters to be used to perform a correlation of the program ratings of the first subscriber and other program ratings of a plurality of other subscribers of the social networking service;
correlate the program ratings of the first subscriber with the other program ratings of the plurality of other subscribers using the search parameters included in the communication received from the first subscriber;
generate a candidate member list for the first subscriber based on the correlation of the program ratings and the other program ratings, the candidate member list comprising information of a subset of the plurality of other subscribers identified based on the correlation of the program ratings, and the generating the candidate member list comprising forming the information of the subset at least in part by anonymizing personal identifying information corresponding to the subset of the plurality of other subscribers so that the personal identifying information is excluded from the candidate member list and one or more pseudonyms are included in the candidate member list;
cause the candidate member list to be transmitted to the first media device associated with the first subscriber for presentation with the first display along with a second set of one or more user-selectable options corresponding to one or more pseudonyms of the candidate member list;
receive a transmission from the first media device responsive to a selection from the second set of one or more user-selectable options corresponding to the one or more pseudonyms of the candidate member list;
consequent to the transmission, cause an invite-to-join message to be transmitted to a second television receiver associated with a second subscriber from the subset of the plurality of other subscribers so that a third set of one or more user-selectable options corresponding to the invite-to-join message is displayed on a second display communicably coupled with the second television receiver to facilitate the second subscriber joining a social network associated with the first subscriber;
when the invite-to-join message is accepted via the third set of one or more user-selectable options, causing the second subscriber to be added to the social network associated with the first subscriber, and providing hosting for one or more social network service subscribers on a network member list of the first subscriber;
when the invite-to-join message is not accepted via the third set of one or more user-selectable options, not causing the second subscriber to be added to the social network associated with the first subscriber;
expose an organized list of program ratings associated with the first subscriber via an interface of the social networking service to allow editing of the organized list of program ratings associated with the first subscriber, and when, in response to the exposing of the organized list of program ratings associated with the first subscriber via the interface, a transmission is received from a second media device to edit the organized list of program ratings associated with the first subscriber, editing the organized list of program ratings associated with the first subscriber to create a second list of program ratings organized according to one or more different categories accessible via the social networking service; and
based on the second list of program ratings associated with the first subscriber, cause a second invite-to-join message to be transmitted to a communication device associated with the first subscriber and/or a third subscriber.

US Pat. No. 10,142,699

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROVIDING INTERACTIVE CONTENT

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for interacting with a first item of content, comprising:detecting, by a mobile device via a first communication interface, that the mobile device is within a predetermined distance of a media device;
establishing a first communication link directly between the media device and the mobile device via the first communication interface, responsive to the detection;
receiving, by the mobile device from the media device via the direct first communication link, an identification of an application and a data payload related to a first item of content provided to a user by the media device;
executing, by the mobile device, the application responsive to receipt of the identification;
rendering, by the application, a user interface based on the data payload;
detecting, by the application, an interaction with the user interface;
establishing, by the mobile device, a second communication link between the mobile device and a content server via a second communication interface, responsive to receiving the data payload from the media device, the second communication link distinct from the first communication link; and
transmitting, by the mobile device via the second communication link, a request to the content server comprising an identification of the detected interaction to cause the content server to provide a second item of content to the media device via a third communication link directly between the content server and the media device, the second item of content selected based on the detected interaction.

US Pat. No. 10,142,698

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR AUDIO DATA TRANSMISSION

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method for audio data transmission, comprising:in a first electronic device:
receiving an authentication request from a second electronic device;
transmitting a response to said second electronic device based on said authentication request,
wherein said second electronic device authenticates said first electronic device based on said response;
selecting a frequency modulation (FM) band based on said authentication;
receiving an audio portion and a video description portion of multimedia content, from said second electronic device, via said selected FM band,
wherein said multimedia content is rendered at a display screen of said second electronic device; and
selecting said FM band via a user interface (UI) rendered at said first electronic device.

US Pat. No. 10,142,693

VIDEO DISTRIBUTION CONTROL

TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ER...

1. A video distribution method comprising:receiving, from at least one user device, a bitstream of encoded video frames representing video data captured by a camera of or connected to said user device, wherein receiving comprises receiving at a video distribution system;
decoding encoded video frames of said bitstream to get a stream of decoded video frames;
identifying, in at least one decoded video frame of said stream of decoded video frames, a light pattern representing a visible light communication, VLC, signal captured by said camera of or connected to said user device;
decoding said light pattern into a digital rights management, DRM, identifier; and
controlling distribution of said bitstream or of a bitstream obtained based on said stream of decoded video frames based on a comparison of said DRM identifier and a defined DRM identifier, wherein controlling said distribution comprises,
comparing said DRM identifier with said defined DRM identifier, and
determining whether to distribute said bitstream or said bitstream obtained based on said stream of decoded video frames based on said comparison of said DRM identifier and said defined DRM identifier; wherein determining whether to distribute said bitstream comprises,
making said bitstream or said bitstream obtained based on said stream of decoded video frames available for distribution from the video distribution system to consumers responsive to a first outcome of comparing said DRM identifier and said defined DRM identifier, and
preventing distribution of said bitstream or of said bitstream obtained based on said stream of decoded video frames from the video distribution system to consumers responsive to a second outcome of comparing said DRM identifier and said defined DRM identifier, the second outcome being different than the first outcome.

US Pat. No. 10,142,688

GROUP COORDINATOR SELECTION

Sonos, Inc., Santa Barba...

1. A first playback device comprising:a IEEE 802.11-compatible wireless network interface carried by the first playback device;
one or more processors; and
tangible, non-transitory, computer-readable media having instructions encoded therein, wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the first playback device to perform a method comprising:
determining that a wireless interface performance metric of the IEEE 802.11-compatible network interface carried by the first playback device exceeds a wireless interface performance metric of a IEEE 802.11-compatible network interface carried by a second playback device, wherein the first playback device and the second playback device are joined into a zone group of playback devices that are configured to render audio content from an audio source in synchrony, wherein the wireless interface performance metric of the IEEE 802.11-compatible network interface carried by the first playback device and the wireless interface performance metric of the IEEE 802.11-compatible network interface carried by the second playback device are independent of respective power sources of the first playback device and the second playback device;
based on determining that the wireless interface performance metric of the IEEE 802.11-compatible network interface carried by the first playback device exceeds the wireless interface performance metric of the IEEE 802.11-compatible network interface carried by the second playback device, configuring the first playback device as a group coordinator of the zone group, wherein the group coordinator (a) receives the audio content from the audio source, and (b) forwards at least a portion of the received audio content to one or more group members of the zone group during rendering of the audio content by the zone group of playback devices, and wherein the second playback device is a group member of the zone group; and
while rendering the audio content, receiving the audio content from the audio source and forwarding at least the portion of the received audio content to the second playback device.

US Pat. No. 10,142,685

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR SPACIAL AND TEMPORAL EXPERIMENTATION ON CONTENT EFFECTIVENESS

3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES ...

1. A computer-implemented method for controlling the display of content on a content delivery channel to mitigate potential confounds and structure an experiment for the content delivery channel, comprising:receiving temporal reach data for the content delivery channel;
receiving spatial reach data for the channel for content delivery, wherein the spatial reach data relates to the region in which a content recipient will likely take action after receiving content from the content delivery channel;
receiving content data comprising information about a plurality of different pieces of content;
receiving confound data for at least some of the plurality of different pieces of content, wherein the content comprises rendered files, instructions for procedural generation of content, rules constraining content creation, or elements for use in content creation or percentages of play for content pieces;
receiving randomization constraint data wherein the randomization constraint data comprises at least one of blocking, balancing and counterbalancing;
using a processor of a computer, computing an experimental unit comprising a response area based on the spatial reach data and a response duration based on the temporal reach data, wherein the response area is computed by doubling the data that defines the spatial reach data;
using the processor, assigning a first piece of content from the plurality of different pieces of content, to the experimental unit using the randomization constraint data; and,
using the processor, assigning additional pieces of content from the plurality of different pieces of content to the experimental unit using the randomization constraint data, wherein the additional pieces of content do not confound the first piece of content according to the received confound data; and
distributing the first piece of content and the additional pieces of content to the content delivery channel.

US Pat. No. 10,142,683

METHOD OF ACCESS TO MULTIMEDIA CONTENT PROTECTED BY A TERMINAL

VIACCESS, Paris la Defen...

1. A method for accessing protected multimedia content by using a terminal that comprises a descrambler, a decoder, and a shared memory, said method comprising causing said descrambler to execute a descrambling phase and causing said decoder to execute a decoding phase, wherein said descrambling phase comprises a fragment-receiving step, a fragment-decrypting step, a bit-replacement step, and a fragment-storage step, wherein said decoding phase comprises a fragment-extraction step, a fragment-reconstruction step, a fragment-decoding step and a fragment-transmission step, wherein said fragment-receiving step comprises receiving an encrypted fragment of said multimedia content and receiving a key for decrypting said encrypted fragment, wherein said fragment-decrypting step comprises using said decryption key to decrypt said received fragment, thereby obtaining an unscrambled fragment, wherein said bit-replacement step comprises replacing original bits of said unscrambled fragment with different substituted bits to obtain a modified fragment, wherein said fragment-storage step comprises storing said modified fragment in said shared memory, wherein said fragment-extraction step comprises extracting said modified fragment from said shared memory, wherein said fragment-reconstruction step comprises replacing substituted bits of said extracted modified fragment with said original bits to reconstruct said unscrambled fragment, wherein said fragment-decoding step comprises decoding said reconstructed unscrambled fragment to obtain a decoded fragment, and wherein said fragment-transmission step comprises transmitting said decoded fragment to a multimedia appliance capable of playing this decoded fragment of said multimedia content, wherein said bit-replacement step comprises replacing a string of M consecutive original bits of said unscrambled fragment with a string of N consecutive substituted bits, where N is strictly greater than M and said string of N consecutive substituted bits is different for each different string of M consecutive original bits, and wherein said fragment-reconstruction step comprises replacing said string of N consecutive substituted bits with said string of M consecutive original bits, wherein said method further comprises, before execution of said fragment-decrypting step, said bit-replacement step, said fragment-storage step, said fragment-extraction step, and said fragment-reconstruction step, causing said terminal to store a first table comprising a line for each possible string of M original bits, each line associated, with a possible string of M original bits, a string of N substituted bits different from those associated with said other possible strings of M original bits, said lines of said first table being ranked in order of values of said possible strings of M original bits to constitute an index of said first table, and wherein said bit-replacement step comprises reading, in said first table, said string of N substituted bits associated with said string of M original bits of said unscrambled fragment, and replacing said string of M original bits of said unscrambled fragment with said selected string of N substituted bits to obtain said modified fragment, and causing said terminal to store a second table comprising a line for each string of N substituted bits, said line associating, with said string of N substituted bits, said string of M original bits with which said string of N substituted bits was associated by said first table, wherein said first table corresponds to said second table, wherein said second table makes it possible to reconstruct said unscrambled fragment from said modified fragment obtained using said first table, and wherein said fragment-reconstruction step comprises reading, in said second table corresponding to said first table, said string of M original bits associated with said string of N substituted bits of said modified fragment, and replacing said string of N substituted bits of said modified fragment with said read string of M original bits to reconstruct said unscrambled fragment, wherein in said set of said values of M bits of given indices, two-by-two distinct, from each string of N substituted bits is equal to said set of said possible values of said strings of M bits, and wherein said lines of said second table are ranked only by order of said values of said M bits of given indices of each string of N substituted bits, such that said M bits of given indices define an index of said second table.

US Pat. No. 10,142,674

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR AGGRESSIVELY RECORDING CONTENT WHEN A USER IS NOT AT HOME

Rovi Guides, Inc., San J...

1. A method for automatically recording media assets not explicitly scheduled for recording by a user, the method comprising:accessing a social media profile associated with the user;
retrieving information relating to a social media activity performed by the user from the social media profile;
retrieving, from a media asset database, identifying information of one or more media assets;
comparing the retrieved information relating to the social media activity with the identifying information of the one or more media assets;
determining, based on the comparing, that the user has indicated
a reference identifying a media asset in the social media activity;
determining, from a context of the social media activity, that the reference constitutes a command indicating interest in the media asset;
associating, based on the command of interest determined from the context of the social media activity, a first function with the media asset, wherein the first function is not a recording function;
storing the association of the first function with the media asset in an entry of a functions database containing a plurality of media assets and associated functions;
determining whether the user is not at home;
in response to determining that the user is not at home, replacing the entry in the functions database for the media asset with a recording function;
subsequent to replacing the entry in the functions database for the media asset with the recording function:
determining whether the user is at home;
in response to determining that the user is at home, determining whether the recording function associated with the media asset has begun; and
in response to determining the recording function associated with media asset has not begun, replacing the entry in the database for the media asset with the first function.

US Pat. No. 10,142,665

SYSTEM, DEVICE AND METHOD FOR TRANSRATING FILE BASED ASSETS

Comcast Cable Communicati...

1. A method comprising:receiving a content asset at a first bit rate;
receiving, from a device, a request for content at a first content quality level;
generating a plurality of encoded copies of the content asset, each of the encoded copies having a different number of null packets added to each frame of the content asset to identify, for each of the encoded copies, a content quality level of the content asset;
selecting, based on the first content quality level and the content quality levels of the encoded copies, one of the encoded copies; and
transmitting, to the device and at a second bit rate different from the first bit rate, the selected one of the encoded copies.

US Pat. No. 10,142,663

SET-TOP BOX WITH INTERACTIVE PORTAL AND SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USE OF SAME

Enseo, Inc., Richardson,...

1. A system for configuring a guest experience in a hospitality establishment having a plurality of rooms, the system comprising:a plurality of set-top boxes respectively disposed in the plurality of rooms, each set-top box programmably assigned to a respective room, each set-top box comprising:
a housing securing a television input, a television output, a processor, a transceiver, and memory therein;
a busing architecture communicatively interconnecting the television input, the television output, the transceiver, the processor, and the memory therebetween;
an antenna associated with the housing, the antenna being coupled to the busing architecture;
the television input configured to receive a source signal from an external source, the source signal including a plurality of channels;
the television output configured to forward a tuned signal to a television in the assigned room, the signal being tuned from the source signal at the set-top box; and
the memory accessible to the processor, the memory including processor-executable instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to:
receive a guest configuration profile via a wireless signal received at the antenna, the guest configuration profile including guest identification;
in response to receiving the guest configuration profile, temporarily override the default profile and generate a guest interactive portal;
in response to receiving the guest configuration profile, activate a local area wireless network for a guest device to a network associated with the hospitality establishment;
the local area wireless network having identical behavior to a home wireless network belonging to the guest, the local area wireless network providing identical network configuration and device login credentials as the home wireless network;
in response to receiving a default profile, generate a default interactive portal;
forward one of the guest interactive portal and the default interactive portal to the television via the television output;
the guest configuration profile configuring the local area wireless network to be a guest private wireless network that acts as an access point having the same network configuration and login credentials as the home wireless network belonging to the guest; and
the guest configuration profile requiring no new room configuration, the guest configuration profile accessing needed information and data to provision the guest wireless network from one of a co-located server and a cloud-located server.

US Pat. No. 10,142,662

SET-TOP BOX, SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING AWARENESS IN A HOSPITALITY ENVIRONMENT

Enseo, Inc., Richardson,...

1. A system for providing awareness in an environment, the system comprising:a built environment;
a spatial array of set-top boxes, each set-top box being associated with a room in the built environment, each set-top box having an identification including a room identifier;
each set-top box of the spatial array including:
a housing;
a wireless transceiver associated with the housing, the wireless transceiver configured to send a beacon to communicate with a proximate wireless-enabled interactive handheld device;
a television input and a television output secured in the housing, the television input and the television output configured to respectively receive content from a source in the built environment and forward content to a television;
a processor coupled to the wireless transceiver and the television input and the television output;
a memory accessible to the processor, the memory including processor-executable instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to:
periodically transmit an identification beacon signal including set-top box identification;
a data packet associated with the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device, the data packet including at least one set-top box identification, a corresponding signal strength identification indicating the strength of the set-top box identification beacon signal, and a proximate wireless-enabled interactive device identification;
a spatial array of wireless routers disposed in the environment, each wireless router configured to receive the data packet from the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device and forward the data packet;
a server located within the built environment and in communication with the spatial array of wireless routers;
the location of the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device being determined following communication from the spatial array of set-top boxes to the proximate wireless-enabled interactive device to the spatial array of wireless routers to the server.

US Pat. No. 10,142,661

MOBILE COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND METHOD OF OPERATION

Mobilitie, LLC, Newport ...

1. A mobile communication device configured for communication with one or more of a plurality of wireless access points (APs) in a venue to receive selected data packets from a single data stream of data packets transmitted by the plurality of APs, comprising:a short-range transceiver configured to communicate with at least one of the plurality of APs and receive the single data stream transmitted therefrom, the single transmitted data stream having a plurality of data packets each having a designated port number corresponding to one of a plurality of video streams that have been combined to form the single data stream;
a processor configured to select a port number corresponding to a desired one of the plurality of video streams wherein the processor is configured to capture only the data packets having the selected port number to thereby extract the desired one of the plurality of video streams from the single data stream;
a memory device configured to store the captured data packets having the selected port number;
a display; and
a video player configured to play the captured data packets to thereby play the selected one of the plurality of video streams on the display.

US Pat. No. 10,142,660

METHOD OF CODING AND DECODING IMAGES, CODING AND DECODING DEVICE, AND COMPUTER PROGRAMS CORRESPONDING THERETO

Dolby International AB, ...

1. A non-transitory computer-readable medium for storing data representing a sign-data-hiding enabled block of an image, comprising:a bitstream written in the non-transitory computer-readable medium, the bitstream comprising:
a set of context-based adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) encoded coefficients representing a set of coefficients of a residual block of the sign-data-hiding enabled block, the set of coefficients including a particular non-zero coefficient that is without a sign designation; and
an information item representing a prediction mode of the sign-data-hiding enabled block,
wherein remainder data, which is based on an operation representing a division between a sum of non-zero coefficients in the set of coefficients and a specific number, is used to designate a sign for the particular non-zero coefficient, and
wherein the residual block of the sign-data-hiding enabled block corresponds to a difference between an original block and a prediction block generated by using the prediction mode.

US Pat. No. 10,142,636

COMMUNICATION SYSTEM WITH CODING MECHANISM AND METHOD OF OPERATION THEREOF

SONY CORPORATION, Tokyo ...

1. A method of operation of a communication system comprising:receiving an input digital data stream by a block size unit;
storing at least three group sizes from which to select, wherein the at least three group sizes include a first group size of three, a second group size of four and a third group size of infinite;
encoding a progressive-Golomb codeword from the input digital data stream, including parameterizing a group size to match a distribution of the input digital data stream, wherein the group size is selected from the at least three group sizes; and
transferring, to an output device, the progressive-Golomb codeword.

US Pat. No. 10,142,629

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR ENTROPY CODING IN IMAGE COMPRESSION

MEDIATEK INC., Hsin-Chu ...

1. A method of entropy coding for a group of symbols to be performed at an encoder or a decoder, the method comprising:receiving input pixels associated with a group of symbols generated from image or video data;
determining maximum bit-depth of the group of symbols;
if the maximum bit-depth of the group of symbols is smaller than a first bit-depth threshold, encoding or decoding the group of symbols using Golomb-Rice coding;
if the maximum bit-depth of the group of symbols is greater than or equal to the first bit-depth threshold, encoding or decoding the group of symbols using second entropy coding, wherein the second entropy coding is different from the Golomb-Rice coding; and
providing encoded or decoded output associated with the group of symbols.

US Pat. No. 10,142,628

HYBRID TRANSFORM IN VIDEO CODECS

GOOGLE LLC, Mountain Vie...

1. A method for decoding an encoded video stream, the method comprising:receiving an encoded video stream;
identifying an encoded block of an encoded frame from the encoded video stream;
identifying an intra prediction mode for decoding the encoded block from the encoded video stream, wherein the intra prediction mode is one of a plurality of intra prediction modes;
identifying a transform mode from a plurality of transform modes for decoding the encoded block based on the intra prediction mode, wherein each transform mode from the plurality of transform modes is associated with at least one intra prediction mode from the plurality of intra prediction modes, and wherein the plurality of transform modes includes a one dimensional Asymmetrical Discrete Sine Transform applied to each horizontal row followed by a one dimensional Asymmetrical Discrete Sine Transform applied to each vertical column, the one dimensional Asymmetrical Discrete Sine Transform applied to each horizontal row followed by a one dimensional Discrete Cosine Transform applied to each vertical column, the one dimensional Discrete Cosine Transform applied to each horizontal row followed by the one dimensional Asymmetrical Discrete Sine Transform applied to each vertical column, and the one dimensional Discrete Cosine Transform applied to each horizontal row followed by the one dimensional Discrete Cosine Transform applied to each vertical column;
identifying a probability model from a plurality of probability models for decoding the encoded block based on the transform mode, wherein each probability model from the plurality of probability models is associated with at least one transform mode from the plurality of transform modes;
identifying a scan mode for decoding the encoded block based on the transform mode;
generating a decoded block by decoding the encoded block using the scan mode, the probability model, the transform mode, and the intra prediction mode; and
outputting or storing the decoded block.

US Pat. No. 10,142,606

DEVICE FOR USE IN IDENTIFYING OR AUTHENTICATING A SUBJECT

MORPHO, Issy les Mouline...

1. A device for use in identifying or authenticating a subject positioned in an acquisition volume on the basis of at least one biometric characteristic of the subject, the device comprising in succession, in offset manner along a camera placement axis:a first camera;
a second camera; and
a third camera, optical axes of the first and second cameras forming between them an angle strictly less than 10°, and an optical axis of the third camera intersecting the optical axes of the first and second cameras,
the optical axes of the first and second cameras each forming an angle less than or equal to 5° relative to a normal axis perpendicular to the camera placement axis, and
superposition of fields of the first and second cameras covering the entire acquisition volume, wherein the following conditions are satisfied:
angle ?23 formed between the optical axis of the third camera and the normal axis perpendicular to the placement axis of the cameras is such that:
(arctan(h?23/d)??23/2)??23?1.1×(arctan(h?23/d)??23/2), and
a field angle ?23 along a height of the third camera satisfies the following condition:
?23?2×(?23+arctan((hv?h?23)/d)),
where h?23 designates the height of the third camera measured relative to a height of bottom boundary of the acquisition volume, hv designates a height of the acquisition volume, and d designates a distance measured along the normal axis between the third camera and the acquisition volume.

US Pat. No. 10,142,602

FABRICATION METHOD OF A POLARIZING GRATING

The Hong Kong University ...

1. A fabrication method of a polarization grating comprising:providing a polarization-sensitive material;
providing two orthogonally polarized lights; and
causing the two orthogonally polarized lights to be reflected by two scanning mirrors respectively toward an incident position of the polarization-sensitive material and to scan the polarization-sensitive material along a direction, so as to form the polarization grating,
wherein the incident position is a convergence point of the two orthogonally polarized light on a surface of the polarization-sensitive material.

US Pat. No. 10,142,596

METHOD AND APPARATUS OF SECURED INTERACTIVE REMOTE MAINTENANCE ASSIST

The United States of Amer...

1. An interactive remote maintenance assist system comprising:a head mounted device (HMD) comprising a visual interface, a voice interface system with voice recognition systems, a control section, an imager system operable to collect video or still images, and an input/output system;
a remote maintenance server (RMS) operable to communicate with said HMD; and
wherein said control section comprises comprising:
a first section configured to identify the system under test (SUT) using an image recognition function, wherein said first section collects, using the imager system and the voice interface which a microphone, sound and image data corresponding to sound or image related performance parameters of the SUT and transmitting the sound and image data to the RMS;
a second section configured to identify a plurality of subsystems (PLoS) within the SUT in a data library;
a third section configured to create three dimensional models of the PLoS and displaying the same on the visual interface of the HMD using an augmented reality function;
a fourth section configured for collecting SUT data or sensor data comprising one or more of temperature, fan speed, processor speed, memory capacity, and voltage power values corresponding to performance parameters of the SUT, wherein the fourth section further is configured for connecting to the RMS using an encrypted connection wherein connecting is via streaming video or images sent to the RMS, wherein said connecting further comprises sending said SUT data and said sensor data from one or more sensors collecting said sensor data from the SUT;
a fifth section configured for conducting a prognostics and health management (PHM) service on the collected data to determine system health and projected health of the SUT or PLoS, wherein said system health and projected health of the SUT or PLoS is determined at least in part using machine instructions or control logic which execute principle component analysis logic comprising:
generating a regression trend determination based on a linear regression method, wherein the regression trend includes a performance trend line indicating prospective performance of the SUT;
comparing at least the SUT data corresponding to the performance parameters of the SUT to the performance trend line of the regression trend;
predicting prospective values of the SUT data or the sensor data;
displaying on the visual interface a visual graphic depicting a model of the SUT and at least some of the SUT data or sensor data associated with elements of the SUT;
determining in cooperation with the RMS a root-cause for at least one of a current system failure associated with the SUT or a prospective system failure associated with SUT; and
a sixth section configured to authenticate remote user access to the RMS, update the data library, and insert a plurality of (PHM) designators on the visual interface.

US Pat. No. 10,142,588

INFORMATION-PROCESSING DEVICE, COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, STORAGE MEDIUM, AND COMMUNICATION METHOD

NINTENDO CO., LTD., Kyot...

1. An information-processing device, comprising:memory; and
at least one processor configured to:
acquire a first captured image of a first user utilizing the information-processing device, the first captured image being captured by an image capture unit;
determine a first character image corresponding to the acquired first captured image;
during communication between the first user and a second user utilizing another information-processing device, cause the other information-processing device to display at least one of the first captured image and the first character image, and cause the information-processing device to display at least one of a second captured image and a second character image corresponding to the second captured image, the second captured image and the second character image corresponding to the second user;
determine whether the second user is included in an address book;
in response to the determination that the second user is included in the address book stored in the information-processing device, select to transmit the first captured image to the other information-processing device, thereby causing the first captured image to be displayed on the other information-processing device, and
in response to the determination that the second user is not included in the address book, select to transmit the first character image to the other information-processing device, thereby causing the first character image to be displayed on the other information-processing device, wherein:
during the communication, the first captured image displayed on the other information-processing device is able to be switched to the first character image, or the first character image displayed on the other information-processing device is able to be switched to the first captured image; and upon detecting that the first captured image displayed on the other information-processing device needs to be switched to the first character image, the processor is further configured to determine the first character image based on the first captured image captured prior to switching from the first captured image to the first character image,
wherein the processor is further configured to request the image capture unit to capture the first captured image, the request being triggered by receipt of an incoming call from the other information-processing device, and
wherein the information-processing device is able to be shared by a plurality of users including the first user;
the communication is addressed to one of the plurality of users; and
the processor is further configured to identify the first user based on the first captured image and respond to the incoming call by executing different processes depending on whether the communication is addressed to the first user.

US Pat. No. 10,142,586

FRONT-END AND BACK-END PROCESSING CIRCUITS AND POC CIRCUIT

HANGZHOU HIKVISION DIGITA...

1. A back-end circuit for processing an analogue video signal and direct current power, comprising:an analogue video signal passing circuit configured to block the direct current power and let the analogue video signal pass; and
a direct current power passing circuit configured to block the analogue video signal and let the direct current power pass,
wherein the analogue video signal passing circuit comprises a capacitor C2, the direct current power passing circuit comprises a diode D2 and an inductor L2, one end of the capacitor C2 is connected with a video signal end, the other end of the capacitor C2 is connected with one end of the inductor L2 and an anode of the diode D2 respectively, and both the other end of the inductor L2 and a cathode of the diode D2 are connected with a power input end,
wherein the back-end circuit further comprises a superimposed circuit, connected between the direct current power passing circuit and the direct current power, and configured to implement high impedance to the analogue video signal, wherein the superimposed circuit comprises a capacitor, a triode and a resistor, and when the triode is in an amplification state, high impedance to the analogue video signal is implemented by utilizing a characteristic that the capacitor presents low impedance to an alternating current signal and adopting resistors with different resistances.

US Pat. No. 10,142,582

SYSTEM AND CIRCUIT FOR TELEVISION POWER STATE CONTROL

Enseo, Inc., Richardson,...

1. A system for television state power control, the system comprising:a power management circuit receiving a video feed providing a video signal and an audio feed providing an audio signal;
the power management circuit configured to connect to a television including a screen and an image display engine associated therewith, the television including a visual indicator, the power management circuit configured to selectively alternate the television between a first state, a second state, and a third state;
the first state including the power management circuit passing the video signal to the image display engine and the power management circuit passing the audio signal to the speaker, the first state including the visual indicator displaying television ON;
the second state including the power management circuit blanking the video signal to the image display engine such that a blank video image is displayed on the television, the power management circuit maintaining synchronization of the video signal with the image display engine, and the power management circuit blocking the audio signal to the speaker, the second state including the visual indicator displaying television OFF;
the third state including the power management circuit turning the video feed OFF, the power management circuit turning the audio feed OFF, the third state including the visual indicator displaying television OFF, the second state and the third state having identical visual indicators;
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the second state and the third state based on guest occupancy of a commercial lodging environment relative to check-in and check-out of the commercial lodging environment;
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the first state and the third state based on the guest occupancy of check-in and power ON;
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the first state and the second state based on the guest occupancy of check-in and power ON/OFF to the television; and
the power management circuit selectively alternates the television between the first state and the second state, between the second state and the third state, and between the first state and the third state.

US Pat. No. 10,142,578

METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR COMMUNICATION

Alibaba Group Holding Lim...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, via a set-top box of a first communication device, a call request message via a network from a second communication device;
sending, via the set-top box, a notification message to a remote control device of the first communication device while a television set is turned off, wherein:
the television set is connected to both the remote control device and the set-top box;
in response to detecting that the television set is turned on, the television set conducts video communication with the second communication device, and
in response to detecting that the television set is turned off, the set-top box conducts voice communication with the second communication device; and
the television set, the set-top box, and the remote control device are separate from each other;
providing, via the remote control device, a user prompt in response to the sending of the notification message;
establishing, via the remote control device, a communication connection through the set-top box with the second communication device after receiving a call response, wherein the remote control device is wirelessly connected to the set-top box, wherein the television set is not capable of receiving the call request message while the television set is turned off; and
in response to determinations that: the set-top box of the first communication device is conducting voice communication with the second communication device, one of the television set of the first communication device and a television set of the second communication device is turned on, and the other of the television set of the first communication device and the television set of the second communication device is turned on, switching the voice communication to video communication.

US Pat. No. 10,142,571

IMAGE CAPTURING APPARATUS, METHOD FOR CONTROLLING THE SAME, IMAGE PROCESSING APPARATUS, AND IMAGE PROCESSING METHOD

Canon Kabushiki Kaisha, ...

1. An image capturing apparatus comprising:an image sensor including a plurality of photoelectric conversion portions for each of a plurality of microlenses;
readout control circuitry that performs readout control using one of a first readout method in which the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each of the microlenses are separated into two or more portions to read out a plurality of image signals from the image sensor, and a second readout method in which image signals of the plurality of photoelectric conversion portions corresponding to each of the microlenses are added together to read out the added image signal;
determination circuitry that determines whether an image signal read out from the image sensor has been read out using the first readout method or the second readout method, and outputs a determination result;
an adder that adds the plurality of image signals that have been read out using the first readout method, based on the determination result provided by the determination circuitry; and
adjusting circuitry that adjusts the added image signal obtained through the addition by an increased amount of the black level that has increased due to the addition performed by the adder, as an adjustment value.

US Pat. No. 10,142,568

METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR VIGNETTE AND OUT-OF-FOCUS CORRECTION

SEMICONDUCTOR COMPONENTS ...

1. An imaging apparatus with an aperture and capable of capturing a plurality of images, comprising:a lens capable of moving from a first position to a new position;
an image sensor positioned substantially parallel to the lens, wherein: the image sensor and the lens are separated by a distance; and the image sensor generates a first image comprising a first total number of pixel data and a second image comprising a second total number of pixel data, each image having a dimension R×C and comprising a plurality of corners;
an actuator coupled to the lens and capable of repositioning the lens from the first position to the new position;
wherein:
the first position and the new position are in a same plane that is parallel to the image sensor; and
the image sensor remains in a fixed position relative to the lens and the distance between the image sensor and the lens is maintained; and
an image signal processor coupled to the image sensor and configured to selectively remove a first set of pixel data from the first total number of pixel data and replace the first set of pixel data with a second set of pixel data from the second total number of pixel data;
wherein:
the first set of pixel data is located in one outer corner from the plurality of outer corners of the first image; and
the second set of pixel data is located in a non-corner area of the second image, the non-corner area defined as an area offset from the plurality of outer corners of the second image.

US Pat. No. 10,142,564

CAPTURING AN IMAGE OF A SCENE USING A SEQUENCE OF PORTIONS OF THE SCENE CAPTURED BY A SENSOR

Imagination Technologies ...

1. An imaging device for capturing an image of a scene, comprising:an image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels;
an optical arrangement operable to focus light from a portion of the scene onto the image sensor whilst preventing light from other portions of the scene from being focused onto the sensor;
a controller configured to cause the optical arrangement to focus light from a sequence of portions of the scene onto the sensor so that the sensor captures the said sequence of portions of the scene; and
a processor configured to use the captured portions of the scene to construct an image of the scene so that the constructed image contains pixel data for a number of pixels greater than the number of pixels in the image sensor.

US Pat. No. 10,142,546

SHAKE-CORRECTION DEVICE AND SHAKE-CORRECTION METHOD FOR PHOTOGRAPHING APPARATUS

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LT...

1. A shake-correction device for a photographing apparatus, said photographing apparatus configured to photograph an object image that is projected onto an imaging surface by a photographing optical system, said shake-correction device comprising:a mover provided with a movable member, said mover configured to rotate at least one of the object image and the imaging surface in a rotational direction relative to a plane that is orthogonal to an optical axis of the photographing optical system, and configured to translate in a translation direction parallel to said plane that is orthogonal to the optical axis and translate in a translation direction parallel to the optical axis;
a shake detector configured to detect an angular shake of said photographing apparatus in said rotational direction and detect a shift shake of said photographing apparatus in said translation directions;
a movement controller configured to control movement of said mover so that the object image does not relatively move with respect to the imaging surface when said shake detector detects at least one of said angular shake and said shift shake; and
a calculator configured to calculate a rotational correction amount, in accordance with said angular shake, and a shift correction amount, in accordance with said shift shake, for moving said mover so that said object image that is projected onto said image surface does not relatively move with respect to the imaging surface, wherein:
when said shake detector detects shift shake in a direction orthogonal to the optical axis, said calculator calculates a shift amount in said direction orthogonal to the optical axis, caused by shift shake, and calculates an optical-axis direction movement amount and a rotational amount of said movable member in accordance with said shift shake, and
said movement controller controls said mover to translate said movable member in the optical axis direction based on said optical-axis direction movement amount, and to rotate said movable member about a direction that is orthogonal to said optical axis based on said rotational amount.

US Pat. No. 10,142,543

POWER REDUCTION IN A MULTI-SENSOR CAMERA DEVICE BY ON-DEMAND SENSORS ACTIVATION

MediaTek Inc., Hsinchu (...

1. A method for power management of a camera device with dual sensors including a color sensor and a monochromatic sensor, comprising:detecting a value of a light sensitivity setting for an image;
in response to a first determination that the value is greater than a first threshold and less than a second threshold, operating the camera device with both the color sensor and the monochromatic sensor turned on wherein the second threshold is greater than the first threshold and marks a boundary between the color sensor's operating range for image capture and the dual sensors' operating range for image capture; and
in response to a second determination that the value is greater than a second threshold, operating the camera device with both the color sensor and the monochromatic sensor turned on.

US Pat. No. 10,142,531

IMAGING MODULE AND READER FOR, AND METHOD OF, READING A TARGET BY IMAGE CAPTURE WITH A VISUALLY ENHANCED AIMING LIGHT PATTERN

Symbol Technologies, LLC,...

1. An imaging module for reading a target by image capture over a range of working distances away from the module, comprising:an imaging system including an imaging sensor for sensing light returning from the target along an imaging axis over a field of view that extends along mutually orthogonal, horizontal and vertical axes that are generally perpendicular to the imaging axis; and
an aiming light system offset from the imaging system and operative for directing an aiming light pattern at the target,
for forming the aiming light pattern with an aiming mark in a central area of the aiming light pattern and with a pair of aiming light lines that are collinear along the horizontal axis, and
for enhancing the visibility of the aiming mark relative to a remaining area of the aiming light pattern, the aiming mark of enhanced visibility constituting a prominent visual indicator of a center zone of the field of view in which the target is positioned over the range of working distances,
wherein the aiming light system includes a pair of aiming light assemblies spaced apart along the horizontal axis at opposite sides of the imaging sensor, and wherein the light assemblies include a pair of aiming light sources for emitting a pair of aiming lights along a pair of aiming axes, a pair of aiming source apertures and a pair of aiming lens apertures through which the aiming lights respectively pass along the aiming axes, and a pair of aiming lenses for respectively optically modifying the aiming lights to form the aiming light lines, each aiming lens aperture being positioned between the respective aiming source aperture and the respective aiming lens.

US Pat. No. 10,142,528

METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN INFRARED CUT FILTER OF A VIDEO CAMERA

Axis AB, Lund (SE)

14. A video camera comprising:an image sensor;
an infrared cut, IR-cut, filter adapted to switch state so as to either prevent or not prevent IR light from reaching the image sensor;
a video encoder configured to encode images captured by the video camera via the image sensor; and
a controller for controlling the IR-cut filter comprising:
a receiver configured to receive an indication to switch a state of an IR-cut filter of the video camera, wherein the IR-cut filter is switchable between an ON state in which it filters out infrared light and an OFF state in which it does not filter out infrared light; and
a processor configured to synchronize a switch of state of the IR-cut filter with a video encoding of frames captured by the video camera, such that the IR-cut filter is controlled to switch state when the video camera is about to capture a frame which is a predetermined number of frames before a frame which is scheduled to be encoded as an intra-frame.

US Pat. No. 10,142,521

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR USING HDMI ARC FOR ESTIMATING LATENCY

CISCO TECHNOLOGY, INC., ...

1. A method comprising:receiving an audio video stream;
decoding the audio video stream to yield decoded video and decoded audio;
transmitting the decoded video on a cable to a display;
transmitting a signal on an audio channel of the cable to the display;
receiving a return signal from the display over an audio return channel of the cable responsive to the transmitting a signal;
identifying an impulse response based on the return signal responsive to the transmitting of the signal;
identifying a delay amount created by transmitting a signal and receiving the return signal over the cable based on the impulse response; and
transmitting the decoded audio to a speaker according to the delay amount to synchronize the decoded video and the decoded audio.

US Pat. No. 10,142,519

IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CORRECTING READ SIGNAL

KONICA MINOLTA, INC., Ch...

1. An image forming apparatus, comprising:an image forming section which forms an original image on a sheet which contains a fluorescent whitening agent;
a first reading section which emits visible light to the sheet, receives light from the sheet and outputs a read signal having an intensity corresponding to an amount of the received light;
a second reading section which emits light including at least ultraviolet light to a ground region of the sheet, receives light from the sheet and outputs a read signal having an intensity corresponding to an amount of the received light; and
a correction section which corrects the intensity of the read signal output from the first reading section by using the read signal output from the second reading section so that the intensity of the read signal output from the first reading section is corrected according to a difference between the intensity of the read signal output from the second reading section and the intensity of the read signal output from the first reading section thereby accounting for an influence of the fluorescent whitening agent.

US Pat. No. 10,142,502

IMAGE READING APPARATUS AND IMAGE FORMING APPARATUS INCLUDING STORAGE WHICH STORES INFORMATION RELATING TO SHEET SIZE DETECTED BY SIZE DETECTOR

CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA, ...

11. An image forming apparatus comprising:an image reading apparatus configured to read an image; and
an image forming unit configured to form an image based on image information read by the image reading apparatus,
wherein the image reading apparatus comprises:
an image reading unit configured to read the image of a sheet placed on a sheet positioning plate;
an opening-closing unit configured to open or close with respect to the sheet positioning plate, and configured such that an opening angle of the opening-closing unit is defined as an angle of the opening-closing unit with respect to the sheet positioning plate;
a holding unit configured to releasably hold the opening-closing unit at a first opening angle at which the opening-closing unit is closed on the sheet positioning plate;
a hinge unit including a biasing portion for biasing the opening-closing unit in an opening direction, configured to rotatably support the opening-closing unit with respect to the sheet positioning plate, wherein in a case where the opening-closing unit is released from a holding state by the holding unit, the hinge unit is configured to move the opening-closing unit from the first opening angle to a second opening angle automatically by force applied by the biasing portion, the second opening angle being greater than the first opening angle;
a size detecting unit which detects a size of a sheet placed on the sheet positioning plate; and
a storage unit which stores information relating to the sheet size detected by the size detecting unit, wherein the information relating to the sheet size stored in the storage unit is reset in a case where the opening-closing unit is moved from the first opening angle to a third opening angle that is between the first opening angle and the second opening angle,
wherein in a case where the opening-closing unit is released from a holding state by the holding unit, the opening-closing unit is moved from the first opening angle to the second opening angle through the third opening angle by force applied by the biasing portion.

US Pat. No. 10,142,489

DIGITAL SUBSCRIBER LINE PROFILE SELECTION METHOD AND APPARATUS

British Telecommunication...

1. A method of applying an initial profile to a modem pair connection system, the modem pair connection system comprising a first modem, a corresponding second modem and a metallic wire connection, wherein the first and second modems are operable to establish a data connection between themselves over the metallic wire connection and wherein the metallic wire connection is a new connection to be used for the first time in its current form for supporting the data connection between the first and second modems, the method comprising:receiving new-order information associated with a new order placed by a customer for a new broadband data connection to be supplied over the modem pair connection system;
evaluating a set of risk factors for the new order based on the received new-order information;
comparing the set of evaluated risk factors for the new order with corresponding risk factors for established modem pair connection systems, wherein none of the modem pairs in the established modem pair connection systems comprise both the first modem and the second modem, using a database storing information about a plurality of established modem pair connection systems which information includes values for the corresponding risk factors of each of the plurality of established modem pair connection systems, or information permitting the evaluation of such values, and information about a profile applied to each of the plurality of established modem pair connection systems;
determining an initial profile to apply to the modem pair connection system based on the comparison of risk factors; and
applying the determined initial profile to the modem pair connection system.

US Pat. No. 10,142,485

CONFERENCE CALL MUTE MANAGEMENT

Capital One Services, LLC...

1. A method, comprising:receiving, by a first device, call data associated with a conference call between a plurality of users,
the call data including at least one of:
data identifying the plurality of users,
data identifying user activity associated with at least one user included in the plurality of users, or
conference call metadata associated with the conference call;
obtaining, by the first device, a mute model based on the call data,
the mute model being trained to receive voice data as input, and
the mute model being trained to produce mute data as output,
the mute data indicating whether a user should be muted or un-muted;
receiving, by the first device, voice data associated with the conference call,
the voice data being associated with a vocal utterance associated with a particular user included in the plurality of users;
determining, by the first device, whether to mute or un-mute the particular user based on the call data, the voice data, and the mute model; and
providing, to a second device, mute data,
the mute data indicating whether the particular user should be muted or un-muted.

US Pat. No. 10,142,446

DIALOG SERVER

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising, by a server computing machine:receiving, at a server from a client, a first request for a dialog and one or more particular parameters associated with the first request;
invoking, by the server, a method of a class in a server-side library comprising server-side code, wherein the method corresponds to a dialog type of the requested dialog;
generating, by the server and based on the invoked method, a first dialog code configured to implement one or more functionalities supported by the requested dialog;
sending, by the server to the client, the first dialog code for execution, wherein the execution of the first dialog code causes the dialog to be displayed;
receiving, at the server, a second request made with respect to the displayed dialog, wherein the second request is sent from the client in response to a specific user interaction with a component of the displayed dialog, and wherein the second request is a modified version of the first request that comprises the one or more particular parameters and one or more additional parameters corresponding to the specific user interaction; and
sending, by the server to the client, a second dialog code for a subsequent dialog, wherein the second dialog code is based on the one or more additional parameters.

US Pat. No. 10,142,417

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MANAGING HETEROGENEOUS DATA FOR CLOUD COMPUTING APPLICATIONS

Nimbix, Inc., Anna, TX (...

1. A method, implemented in a computer system, comprising:identifying, by a processor of the computer system, data to be used by an application to be executed by one or more compute nodes of a plurality of compute nodes, wherein
the computer system is configured to be coupled to the plurality of compute nodes,
the data comprises a first subset of data,
the first subset of data is stored in a first storage element of a remote computer system,
the first subset of data is stored in a first form,
the remote computer system is remote from the computer system by virtue of the computer system being further configured to be coupled to the remote computer system by a network, and
the plurality of compute nodes does not comprise the remote computer system;
generating, by the processor, a workflow at the computer system, wherein
the workflow is configured to configure each of the one or more compute nodes to communicate with the remote computer system via the network, and
the workflow is configured to cause the one or more compute nodes to
determine whether the first form is compatible with the application,
in response to a determination that the first form is compatible with the application,
mount the first subset of data on at least one of the plurality of compute nodes, such that the first subset of data is accessible by the application via the network, without retrieval of the first subset of data from the first storage element, and
update the first subset of data by executing the application on the first subset of data, and
in response to a determination that the first form is not compatible with the application,
retrieve the first subset of data from the first storage element, via the network,
store the first subset of data in temporary storage at one or more of the compute nodes, as a stored first subset of data,
process the stored first subset of data to generate a processed first subset of data, wherein
 the processed first subset of data is generated by converting the stored first subset of data from the first form into a second form, and
 the second form is compatible with the application,
produce a result by executing the application, using the processed first subset of data, and
update the first subset of data, using the result; and
transmitting the workflow to the one or more compute nodes, wherein
the transmitting causes the one or more compute nodes to execute the application using at least a corresponding portion of the processed first subset of data.

US Pat. No. 10,142,405

MULTI-CDN DIGITAL CONTENT STREAMING

NETFLIX, INC., Los Gatos...

1. A method, comprising:determining a level of network performance associated with each parallel network connection included in a plurality of parallel network connections;
determining that a total throughput for transferring a digital content stream via the plurality of parallel network connections is less than a minimum threshold of network performance;
in response to determining that the total throughput is less than the minimum threshold, selecting a content server with which to establish a new parallel network connection based on historical network performance data associated with the content server, wherein the new parallel connection is added to the plurality of parallel network connections;
determining that the level of network performance associated with a first parallel network connection included in the plurality of parallel network connections is below a threshold level of performance;
in response to determining that the level of network performance associated with the first parallel network connection is below the threshold level of performance, dropping the first parallel network connection; and
continuing to transfer the digital content stream via one or more remaining parallel network connections included in the plurality of parallel network connections.

US Pat. No. 10,142,379

MEASURING PAGE VIEWERSHIP IN A SOCIAL NETWORK

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A computer-implemented method comprising:maintaining, by a social networking system, a page including a plurality of posts and having at least one administrator;
receiving, by the social networking system, at least a first request from a first user of the social networking system, a second request from a second user, and a third request from a third user to view a particular post of the plurality of posts;
classifying by the social networking system, the first request as one of a tracked count of organic requests responsive to detecting that the first user encountered the particular post from a page on the social networking system associated with the first user;
classifying, by the social networking system, the second request as one of a tracked count of paid channel requests responsive to detecting that the second user was directed to the particular post from sponsored content on the social networking system;
classifying, by the social networking system, the third request as one of a tracked count of viral requests responsive to detecting that the third user was directed to the particular post from a story published by a friend of the third user connected to the third user on the social networking system;
receiving, by the social networking system, requests from one or more users of the social networking system to interact with one or more of the plurality of posts;
receiving, by the social networking system, a request from the at least one administrator of the page for analytical information about the page; and
sending, by the social networking system, information associated with the page maintained by the social networking system to display to the at least one administrator in a user interface, the user interface not accessible by a user of the social networking system unless the user is designated as an administrator of the page maintained by the social networking system, the sent information including for each of the plurality of posts:
a number of times users of the social networking system requested to view the post, and
a number of times users of the social networking system requested to interact with the post;
receiving, by the social networking system, a request for more data relating to the number of times users of the social networking system requested to view the post;
responsive to the request, providing for presentation, the tracked count of the organic views, the tracked count of the paid channel views, and the tracked count of the viral views.

US Pat. No. 10,142,325

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR CREDENTIALS DISTRIBUTION

Ivanti, Inc., South Jord...

1. A method by a management server, comprising:receiving a credentials request from a requesting management node, wherein the credentials request includes a public key of the requesting management node;
determining whether the management server has credentials encrypted for the requesting management node in a local cache, wherein the credentials are encrypted using the public key of the requesting management node and cannot be decrypted by the management server;
sending the encrypted credentials to the requesting management node when the management server has the encrypted credentials, wherein the requesting management node can decrypt the encrypted credentials using a private key; and
when the management server determines that the management server does not have the encrypted credentials:
sending a multicast request to one or more peer management nodes, the multicast request including the public key of the requesting management node;
receiving a unicast response from a responding management node that includes the encrypted credentials for the requesting management node; and
sending the encrypted credentials received from the responding management node to the requesting management node.

US Pat. No. 10,142,320

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ESTABLISHING AND MONETIZING TRUSTED IDENTITIES IN CYBERSPACE WITH PERSONAL DATA SERVICE AND USER CONSOLE

ID DATAWEB, INC., Vienna...

1. A method for verifying an attribute asserted online comprising:establishing, via a processor in an attribute exchange network (AXN) device, relationships with at least one identity provider (IdP) and at least one attribute provider (AP), wherein:
the at least one IdP is configured to issue credentials;
the at least one AP is configured to verify attributes; and
the at least one IdP does not directly interact with the at least one AP;
receiving, at the AXN device, a verification request from a relying party (RP) computing device, the verification request including information associated with the attribute;
identifying, by the AXN device and in response to receiving the verification request from the RP computing device, an AP in the at least one AP that is associated with the RP;
sending, from the AXN device, a request to verify the attribute to a computing device operated by the identified AP;
receiving, by the AXN device, a claim associated with the attribute, the claim being generated by the computing device operated by the identified AP in response to the identified AP receiving the request to verify the attribute; and
sending, from the AXN device, the received claim to the RP computing device.

US Pat. No. 10,142,318

SELF-ADAPTIVE COMMUNICATION METHOD FOR ENCRYPTION DONGLE

Feitian Technologies Co.,...

1. A self-adaptive method for communication of a dongle, which applies for a system including a dongle and a host which has an upper software flat, whereinthe upper software flat executes the following steps:
Step s1, setting, by the upper software flat, information of a communication mode of the upper software flat according to a type of a main board of the host;
Step s2, obtaining, by the upper software flat, information of a communication mode of the dongle according to enumeration information returned from the dongle to the host when a connection between the dongle and the host is detected by the upper software flat;
Step s3, determining, by the upper software flat, whether the information of the communication mode of itself matches the information of the communication mode of the dongle, if yes, executing Step s5; otherwise, executing Step s4;
Step s4, sending, by the upper software flat, a communication instruction which includes the information of the communication mode of the upper software flat to the dongle via a control-transmission-channel, returning to Step s2; and
Step s5, communicating, by the upper software flat, with the dongle effectively via an interrupt-communication-channel according to the information of the communication mode of the upper software flat; and
the dongle executes the following steps:
Step r1, setting, by the dongle, the information of the communication mode of the dongle according to a communication mode identification of the dongle, performing an enumeration, returning enumeration information to the host after the enumeration is finished, and waiting for communicating with the upper software flat;
Step r2, communicating, by the dongle, with the upper software flat in the case that the dongle receives information sent from the upper software flat via the interrupt-transmission-channel; executing Step r3 in the case that the dongle receives a communication instruction sent from the upper software flat via the control-transmission-channel;
Step r3, setting, by the dongle, the communication mode identification of the dongle according to the information of the communication mode of the upper software flat in the communication instruction sent from the upper software flat;
Step r4, resetting the dongle; or, returning, by the dongle, set-state information to the upper software flat;
when the dongle is reset in Step r4, after the upper software flat sends the communication instruction including the information of the communication mode of the upper software flat to the dongle via the control-transmission-channel, the step further comprising:
waiting, by the upper software flat, for receiving the set-state information returned from the dongle, and outputting prompt information to pull out or insert the dongle again when the set-state information returned from the dongle is received.

US Pat. No. 10,142,306

METHODS FOR PROVIDING A SECURE NETWORK CHANNEL AND DEVICES THEREOF

F5 Networks, Inc., Seatt...

1. A method for providing a secure channel implemented by a network traffic management system comprising one or more network traffic management devices, client devices, or server devices, the method comprising:selecting a client-server key from a plurality of client-server keys based on an IP address of a client and a time of receiving a request from the client, the selecting further comprising identifying an index value associated with the selected client-server key;
generating a context signature based on the IP address of the client, the time of receiving the request from the client and the index value associated with the selected client-server key;
encrypting the generated context signature using a stored private key;
providing a secure channel by preparing and sending a response comprising the selected client-server key and the encrypted context signature back to the client;
receiving a subsequent request, the sent encrypted context signature and the sent client-server key from the client;
determining when the received subsequent request is valid based on the received encrypted context signature and the received client-server key; and
preparing and sending a subsequent response to the subsequent request when the subsequent request is determined to be valid.

US Pat. No. 10,142,287

DISTRIBUTED NETWORK SECURITY CONTROLLER CLUSTER FOR PERFORMING SECURITY OPERATIONS

NICIRA, INC., Palo Alto,...

1. For a first security controller that operates on a first controller machine to perform security operations on packets transmitted within a network, a method comprising:receiving a packet from a forwarding element in the network based on a decision by a security agent that operates on a same host machine as the forwarding element;
when the first security controller stores a security rule for the packet, processing the packet according to the stored security rule; and
when the first security controller does not store a security rule for the packet:
determining a second security controller, operating on a second controller machine, that stores a security rule for the packet based on a set of header values of the packet; and
sending the packet to the second security controller for security processing according to the security rule for the packet stored on the second security controller.

US Pat. No. 10,142,281

MOBILE AD HOC NETWORKING

Facebook, Inc., Menlo Pa...

1. A method comprising:receiving, by a social networking system, a first message from a mobile device application on a first-user mobile device associated with a first user, the message comprising a first-user identifier corresponding to a first-user account maintained for the first user by the social networking system;
determining, by the social networking system, a location of the first-user mobile device;
determining, by the social networking system, that a plurality of mobile devices are within a local RF range for direct connectivity with the first-user mobile device, each of the plurality of mobile devices being associated with a user identifier corresponding to a user account maintained by the social networking system;
transmitting, by the social networking system, a second message to the first-user mobile device, the second message enabling the first user to create a group within the social-networking system;
receiving, by the social-networking system, a request to create the group including the first user and each of a plurality of users being associated with the plurality of mobile devices within the local RF range for direct connectivity with the first-user mobile device; and
creating and storing a record of the group in social graph information.

US Pat. No. 10,142,241

METHODS FOR DYNAMIC HEALTH MONITORING OF SERVER POOLS AND DEVICES THEREOF

F5 Networks, Inc., Seatt...

1. A method for dynamic health monitoring of server pools implemented by a network traffic management system comprising one or more traffic management apparatuses, server devices, or client devices, the method comprising:monitoring a plurality of servers passively or actively;
determining a current latency value for one of the servers;
determining when the current latency value exceeds an adaptive threshold latency value, wherein the adaptive threshold latency value is greater than an average historical latency value by a latency factor and the latency factor is used to determine when a response is a deficient response while a deficient response value has not exceeded a deficiency threshold value;
incrementing the deficient response value, when the current latency value exceeds the adaptive threshold latency value, wherein the deficient response value corresponds to a number of deficient responses from the one of the servers within a period of time;
determining when the deficient response value exceeds the deficiency threshold value; and
initiating a mitigation action, when the deficient response value exceeds the deficiency threshold value.

US Pat. No. 10,142,206

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PACKET COMMUNICATION USING HEADER COMPRESSION

Samsung Electronics Co., ...

1. A packet communication method using header compression, comprising:applying a header compression protocol to generate a packet;
determining whether the packet is dropped in a transport layer;
transmitting, if it is determined that the packet is dropped, a full packet having an uncompressed header;
transmitting a packet drop indicator to a compressor that controls the header compression protocol; and
if the packet drop indicator is received while the compressor operates in a unidirectional (U) mode or in a bidirectional optimistic (O) mode, transitioning the compressor to an initial and refresh (IR) state.

US Pat. No. 10,142,196

SYSTEM, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR BRIDGE INTERFACE COMMUNICATION

Senseware, Inc., Vienna,...

1. A device, comprising:a sensor element for collecting sensor data;
a connector configured for coupling to a connector interface exposed by a sensor network node having a wireless transceiver for wireless communication with a gateway device at a monitored location; and
a first controller that communicates with a second controller in the sensor network node, including:
a first pin for device select signaling between the device and the sensor network node,
a second pin for receiving a first series of clock signals that are transmitted from the sensor network node after receipt by the device of a device selection signal via the first pin, and for receiving a second series of clock signals that are transmitted from the sensor network node when the sensor network node receives data from the device,
a third pin for bi-directional communication of data between the device and the sensor network node using clock signals received via the second pin, the first controller in the device receiving a request for data from the sensor network node via the third pin using the first series of clock signals received via the second pin, and the first controller transmitting the requested data to the sensor network node via the third pin using the second series of dock signal received via the second pin, and
a fourth pin for availability signaling between the device and the sensor network node, the device signaling an availability of the requested data to the sensor network node by transmitting an availability signal to the sensor network node via the fourth pin, wherein the transmission of the availability signal to the sensor network node causes the sensor network node to transmit the second series of clock signals to the device via the second pin, and wherein the first pin, second pin, third pin, and fourth pin of the first controller are coupled to respective pins supported by the connector;
wherein the first controller transmits a request poll signal to the sensor network node via the first pin prior to the receipt by the device of the device selection signal, wherein the device selection signal is produced in response to the request poll signal.